Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Backlash


Well, the Prop. 8 vote is in and Gay people have reacted very badly - at least some of them. My fear is that this will cause a backlash against homosexuals in general, which I really don't want to see. Time will tell.

I did find a really interesting piece on another web site by Elder Neal A. Maxwell - probably one of the greatest speakers and writers the Church has ever seen. His words, given some 30 years ago, apply completely to the situation we now face. This is so prophetic:


“Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters — in the months and years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kgs 18:21).
“President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had ‘never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional or political life.’ (CR, Apr 1941) This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ…
“Your discipleship may see the time come when religious convictions are heavily discounted. M. J. Sobran observed, ‘A religious conviction is now a second-class conviction, expected to step deferentially to the back of the secular bus, and not to get uppity about it’ (Human Life Review, Summer 1978, p. 58). This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow certain of people’s opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious convictions. Resistance to abortion will soon be seen as primitive. Concern over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and unenlightened…
“Before the ultimate victory of the forces of righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even these, however, must leave a record so that the choices before the people are clear and let others do as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, that others will step forward, having been rallied to righteousness by what we do. We will know the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the decent people of all races and creeds–a majority which was, till then, unconscious of itself.
“Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves ’summer is nigh’ (Matt. 24:32). Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then complain of the heat.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Meeting the Challenges of Today”, BYU Devotional, 10 Oct 1978

2 comments:

robert said...

"This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked."

That is some pretty reductionist rhetoric right there.

Neal said...

If the shoe fits...