7.22.2008

UNDERSTANDING WAR AND CONFLICT

I am again indebted to my friend Wilson for sending me another fabulous video describing the position all people who consider themselves Christian should have. Within the video are several quotes that I found very powerful and had to look up where they came from. The references are not stated in the video, but I have found all but one and provided links to where the quote can be read in full context. This is a terrific compilation.



"Nor is war justified in an attempt to enforce a new order of government, or even to impel others to a particular form of worship, however better the government or eternally true the principles of the enforced religion may be."
David O. McKay, Conference Report, April 1942, p.43

"When I review the performance of this people in comparison with what is expected, I am appalled and frightened...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.” Spencer W. Kimball, "The False Gods We Worship".

"Nothing in the Constitution nor in logic grants to the President of the United States or to Congress the power to influence the political life of other countries, to "uplift" their cultures, to bolster their economies, to fee their peoples or even to defend them against their enemies." Ezra T. Benson (Unable to find source).

"The Book of Mormon narrative is a chronicle of nations long since gone. But in its descriptions of the problems of today’s society, it is as current as the morning newspaper and much more definitive, inspired, and inspiring concerning the solutions of those problems. I know of no other writing which sets forth with such clarity the tragic consequences to societies that follow courses contrary to the commandments of God. Its pages trace the stories of two distinct civilizations that flourished on the Western Hemisphere. Each began as a small nation, its people walking in the fear of the Lord. But with prosperity came growing evils. The people succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras." Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Testimony Vibrant and True"

"As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are a people of peace. We follow the Savior, who is the Prince of Peace. We look forward to His millennial reign, when wars will end and peace will be restored to the earth (see Isaiah 2:4)." True to the Faith, p.183

2 comments:

Patrick M Phillips said...

Great stuff here Gabe. How I wish that the current leadership in the church and other churches were as bold in waking up their congregants to the calamities around us. I think it's about time churches stop quibbling over petty social issues that effect an extreme minority and start examing their support of the State as it murders hundreds of thousands across the globe in the name of "freedom." Unfortunately you won't find a group more supportive of war than the so-called Christian community. Very strange indeed.

Thanks for the post.

Thanks for the post.

Daily Liberty Research said...

Great video and quotes. I echo Patrick's wish for bolder guidance from current church leadership in this area. Regardless, we have the words of prophets (both past and present) before us and I'm not left with much question about how I should view war and all the evils that surround it. I will continue to resist those evils with words while I can and instead advocate truth, love, and liberty. Thanks for having Daily Liberty Research on your blogroll!