Thursday, November 5, 2009

What are we waiting for?

I posted recently a few of the many verses of the Book of Mormon that teach that liberty is God's way, and that overthrowing liberty is Satan's plan. Have you considered what it means that, over a thousand years ago, the Lord saw to it that a significant portion of the Book of Mormon would be devoted to Nephite politics? Have you considered why the Lord would include so many warnings of conspiracies to destroy their liberty, and include the direct and forcefully worded warning to us that "the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation"?

I posted a few verses from the Doctrine and Covenants. In the earliest years of the restored Church, the Lord saw fit to reveal to His followers that the Constitution was His doing, and that He expected His followers to uphold it.

We've been taught the doctrine. Modern prophets have repeated that teaching many times. We've quoted a small percentage of what's been said on the matter on this blog. So why are so many church members still on the sidelines when it comes to liberty? I don't know about your experience, but too many of my active-member peers can rattle off every top-10 member of every season of American Idol, but don't even know what socialism and communism are, let alone what the Church's position on them is.

Will it take an organized program in the Church to get everyone involved? I hope not...President Benson declared in the April 1964 General Conference:
"Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific Church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution. Perhaps if he set up one at this time it might split the Church asunder, and perhaps he does not want that to happen yet, for not all the wheat and tares are fully ripe. The Prophet Joseph Smith declared it will be the elders of Israel who will step forward to help save the Constitution, NOT THE CHURCH!"
(Thanks to True Politics USA for the quote)

We cannot wait for the Church to tell us to act. We have been taught correct principles, it is now our duty to "govern ourselves" and ACT on those principles. It is not enough to vote every four years...we have been commanded to "seek diligently to uphold" officials who support the Constitution. That is a full-time job, not a periodic one.

I realize most of the people who are reading this have already gotten themselves involved, and I'm grateful to know that there's that many people who have. But, it seems it's still a small percentage of the active church membership. We cannot wait for the Church to tell our fellow brothers and sisters to act; that responsibility falls on us. After all, "it becometh every man who has been warned to warn his neighbor."

1 comment:

  1. I have a feeling that eventually the church will split down the middle when it comes to certain "rights" especially gay marriage.

    The church is so divided. I feel it very strongly as I see so many Liberal Mormons who make excuses for socialism...they do not think that an over powering government is bad if it is good for the people- the interpret distribution of the wealth to be a "kind, Christ-like, law of consecration" type thing- I have had passionate debates with liberal mormons who do not interpret President Benson's words the same way we do-

    I have a feeling that persecution will increase and become worse- comparitive to the early saints trials on the subject of homosexuality- we will soon be the minority and we will be labled as a hateful people and ignorant and bigots for our beliefs. Our children will suffer much if they continue to listen to the prophet.

    I think dark days are ahead. But I do have much hope in the Elders of the church. I really do.

    Have you read, "The Coming of the Lord" by Gerald Lund? Wow- interesting prophecies about the last days and our government falling...makes me just want to get more food storage and gather my children together...and get ready...

    thank you thank you for this blog. KEEP IT UP!. Nonmembers are reading this and they are finding truth- tea party goers and conservatives love the mormon's passion for the country and constitution.