State of Mankind

A New Way Of Thinking

Does The Tail Wag The Dog?

Looking at the political season that is upon us and looking at the inevitable discussions we have, I have to question if we often get things backward.  Do we hold certain political ideals because of our understanding of truth, or do we manipulate our understanding of truth because of ceretain political ideals that we hold?

For an example, to many of my faith who hold Conservative ideals, it seems obvious that we need the large military that we have to defend against our enemies and protect our interests in the world.  Is this something that has been taught by the Gospel or is it a belief that springs from a political agenda?  I recently read a talk by Spencer W. Kimball called The False Gods We Worship (Ensign, June 1976).  In it he states:

“We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord.   When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel–ships, planes, missiles, fortifications–and depend on them for protection and deliverance.  When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching:

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 5:44-45)

“We forget that if we are righteous the Lord will either not suffer our enemies to come upon us–and this is the special promise to the inhabitants of the land of the Americas (see 2 Ne. 1:7)–or he will fight our battles for us (Ex. 14:14; D&C 98:37, to name only two references of many)….”

This is just one example of the contradiction between the agendas of the political parties and what the gospel teaches.  I would hope that we could look beyond our attachment to politics and try to find the truth.  When the Savior returns will we accept his rule, even at the cost of our own political ideals?

“The human brain is like a good defense lawyer.  It is less interested in getting at the facts than it is in defending its client, namely you.”  -Harry Hughes


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