Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mix church and state? For a minute, I will.

Ah, diversity! It can broaden your perspective but it can give you such a migraine too.

Just look at our United States Congress!  These folks are wrangling over what to spend and how to spend it. Some are even complaining that the government spends too much.  Some are complaining over how the funds to spend come in.  But for the most part, it's just wrangling.

You can expect some contention where everyone has the right to speak his/her mind.  You can expect differences of opinion. You can expect frustration and heatedness at times.  That's all built into this government.  Unfortunately, it gets out of control on occasion, and the government is big enough now that when it does get out of control, LOTS of people are affected.  The majority of these workers are just trying to get by, pay their bills and take care of their families.

I realize that right now, the fighting all comes down to money.  In the LDS canon of scripture, we have what's called the Doctrine and Covenants - revelations from God that came to our prophets in the last couple of hundred years.  One section seems appropriate to our situation right now:

Doctrine and Covenants Section 56: 14 - 19
 14 Behold, thus saith the Lord unto my people—you have many things to do and to repent of; for behold, your asins have come up unto me, and are not bpardoned, because you seek to ccounsel in your own ways.
 15 And your hearts are not satisfied. And ye obey not the truth, but have apleasure in unrighteousness.
 16 Wo unto you arich men, that will not bgive your substance to the cpoor, for your driches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The eharvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!
 17 Wo unto you apoor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men’s goods, whose eyes are full of bgreediness, and who will not clabor with your own hands!
 18 But blessed are the apoor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are bcontrite, for they shall see the ckingdom of God coming in power and great glory unto their deliverance; for the fatness of the dearth shall be theirs.
 19 For behold, the Lord shall come, and his arecompense shall be with him, and he shall breward every man, and the poor shall rejoice;

Everyone with selfish habits get chastised here; the rich who don't willingly help out, and the poor who just expect to be helped without putting in some work.  Everyone needs to do what they can and without all the finger-pointing and indulging in self-righteous pride.

I know, I know.  Congress doesn't give a fig for religious texts, electronic or otherwise.  Some people of various faiths would reject these words outright because they come from "Mormon" scriptures.  Congress isn't allowed to promote a religion over another. I'll just quote one more reference, this time from the Book of Mormon:

Mosiah 29:26-27
 26 Now it is not common that the avoice of the people desireth anything bcontrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the cpeople to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.
 27 And aif the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.

 This puts a lot of the responsibility of what happens in our country on US, the people.  Are we doing what's right in our own lives?  Are we voting for candidates with consciences?  Are we really thinking about what is right or wrong or are we just basing our opinions on knee-jerk selfishness ("what's in it for me?")  Are we praying for the hearts of our leaders to be softened towards each other, or just praying that God will send a thunderbolt and strike them all dead? (That is a tempting thought, but it really doesn't comply with The Golden Rule.)

Let's set our own houses in order.  And then vote the bums out.

1 comment:

Pam said...

The LORD sure knows what goes on in the hearts of men, doesn't he?