For the vast majority of history, society has depended largely on the religious obedience of the individual to keep lawlessness and violence at a minimum.
Otherwise, how could a relatively small police force protect the citizenry as a whole?
Civil peace found its foundation in the individual’s personal commitment to obey the laws of God which flooded over into the same personal commitment of obedience to the laws of government.
You know, people just did what was right because it was the right thing to do. They didn’t need to have the reasons explained why speeding through a neighborhood, or breaking into your neighbor’s home, or embezzling from the company were against the law.
They were more focused on following their own personal understanding of what God wanted them to do. Knowing what was right also let us know what wasn’t right.
Not so much anymore.
Continue reading Do we really need to have a reason before we choose to do something good?
Okay, this will be a bit of a diversion from our conversation on the family. I want to just take a quick detour and address some current events. We’ll resume our family focus on Monday. (Hey, with someone kind of nuts, it really isn’t that surprising is it?)
Many of you may have heard the announcement of support of nondiscrimination rights for the LGBT community yesterday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It didn’t strike me as new or groundbreaking; rather, it was entirely consistent with support given a few years ago when Salt Lake passed similar legislation. It rings true to me.
What surprised me a little, however, was the response. During a news interview, a panel was discussing the prospects of state-wide approval. Consensus was that there was absolutely no reason not to vote for this.
But the representative from the left said that while it was a good start, there were many of his counterparts who were upset.
I thought I had surely misheard him. What was there to be upset about?
Continue reading Can freedom of religion be nondiscriminatory?
It’s no secret. People of other faiths, or not of any particular faith, are wary when moving into a predominantly LDS area. It almost seems there is an underground network of people ready to warn them about being cautious of accepting that first plate of cookies.
You know those Mormons, they are going to try to convert you.
It’s also no secret that, yes, Mormons love their faith so much that they want everyone to feel the same happiness that it has brought them.
But it has created the notion that people of other faiths quickly become “projects”, you know, because they are “non-Mormons.”
I think there is actually some truth to that.
In our zeal we can become zealots, putting forward a full-court press because these people are pretty wonderful and we can clearly see them as happy, fully serving members of our church.
The problem seems to come when these wonderful people can’t see themselves as happy, fully serving members of our church.
What comes next? Continue reading Does the label “nonmember” limit religious freedom?