Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A thought

I don't know if this is an original idea of mine - or if it is something I read on some other blog that has come to the forefront of my mind. But, it's something I've been thinking about lately.

It's no secret that the LDS church has incurred the wrath of the gay community. It seems to me that, prior to proposition 8 in California, the LDS church was pretty much ignored by the gay community - perhaps because of it's presumed more compassionate view, compared to other churches, separating attraction from behavior. But, since proposition 8, all eyes in the gay community are focused squarely on the LDS church.

Most of the opposition has been relatively peaceful in nature - limited to protesting at temples and churches, negative ads and articles, etc.. There was that incident where an envelop containing white powder was mailed to a couple of temples; and, there have been a few reports of chapels being vandalized; although, it is worth noting that there is no proof that it is the gays doing the vandalizing. Those in favor of proposition 8 took a 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' approach as we teamed up with churches who are very much against the LDS church and refuse to accept us as Christians. What better way to stick it to the Mormon's than to hurt them in some way and have your common enemy get the blame. . . . But, that's not the focus of this blog post.

Those who are familar with the Book of Mormon will recognize the pride cycle where the Nephites start out being righteous and prosperous, but then pride and arrogance sets in and they drifted towards evil. The Lord often allowed the Lamanites to persecute and go to war with the Nephites in order to humble them.

The thought I blog about is contemplating if we are seeing that pride cycle in the modern LDS church. As a people - have we become prideful in our self righteousness? Have we become arrogant in our 'we're right and everybody else is wrong' view of the gospel? Is the Lord allowing those, for whom we should have compassion and understanding, to persecute us? Is God telling us
When I told you to stand up for marriage - I didn't mean for you to demonize a group of people who are trying to accomplish the same goal of committed marriage relationships.
Just a thought . . .

3 comments:

October Rising said...

interesting thought

drakames said...

It's a good thought and a good point. I would say a definite possibility. Thanks for posting this.

Grant Haws said...

I think of the church as a stewardship of the gospel. Just because the church says it, doesn't mean that is the gospel. And I think the idea of yours is definitely possible. I know that pride has been extremely present in the Mormons that have discussed their victory in California.