Below is an intriguing excerpt from a book written by Hyrum Andrus about a Mormon concept of social justice and the need for the regenerating powers of the gospel in order to achieve that ideal. After quoting the last half of Doctrine and Covenants 78:14, he wrote the following:
It should be stressed that to be independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world the Saints must, among other things, be independent above the state-sponsored welfare measures. Latter-day Saints cannot consistently advocate the socialization of the state. For them true economic independence must be achieved through the gospel and its socio-economic law. Under this program the individual may be enlightened and regenerated by the Holy Spirit1 to where he becomes an independent agent under God and is enabled to act freely, intelligently, and in enlightened union with others to establish a program of true security and economic independence. By contrast, man-made systems that attempt to establish social justice lack these enlightening and regenerating spiritual powers. Consequently, to achieve union they must be manipulated like puppets, by various artificial devices. Such regimentation results in a loss of freedom for the individual. The creative powers of man are also stifled and initiative suppressed in such systems; and like lifeless bodies they are subject to forces of deterioration, so that greed, graft, and corruption are perennial problems among them. Finally, the security which men seek through such systems is but a fleeting and evasive substitute for that which may be obtained within the kingdom of God.2
Recently, Carl Youngblood tweeted that the “political tone” of this blog no longer fit the title of it and stated that the blog “unnecessarily link[s] politics with faith, negating any benefit to be had from either.”3 In order to remedy this situation Carl suggested that two blogs be set up – one on faith and the other on politics – in order for readers to obtain benefit.
Those are fair statements. The less than positive tone found in some of the posts and articles of late are indicative of the concerns many have had about eroding influences causing a loss of liberty in this nation. The words of those who spoke out now seem long forgotten.
On the other hand, the theocratic foundation of the kingdom of God also appears to be lost, even though it is an outgrowth of the woman seen in the vision of John almost two millennia ago.4 While this order of things may not currently exist, Brigham Young taught,
. . . there are further organizations. The Prophet gave a full and complete organization to this kingdom the Spring before he was killed. This kingdom is the kingdom that Daniel spoke of, which was to be set up in the last days; it is the kingdom that is not to be given to another people; it is the kingdom that is to be held by the servants of God5 . . . The kingdom of God, when it is set up upon the earth, will be after the pattern of heaven, and will compel no man nor woman to go contrary to his or her conscience. . . . Now I want to give you these few words–the kingdom of God will protect every person, every sect and all people upon the face of the whole earth, in their legal rights.6
The pattern for this kingdom was established in the spring of 1844 and was at times active in the political affairs of the Saints during the nineteenth century.7
- Ed. – See for example, Titus 3:5.↩
- Liberalism, Conservatism, and Mormonism. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1965. 30.↩
- Dated 20 Aug 2010.↩
- See, for example Joseph Smith Translation Revelation 12:1-17; see especially verse 3 which states “And she brought forth a man child . . .”↩
- Ed. – See Daniel 2:44-45.↩
- The Kingdom of God.↩
- Godfrey, Kenneth W. “Council of Fifty”. Encyclopedia of Mormonism. 25 Aug 2010.↩