Sad Day in History
I find it a sad day in history. I saw this based on the actions of the Supreme Court of the United States. It is based several facts, not just one single notion.
I’m going to restrict most my comments to a few scriptures from the Book of Mormon — it being a type of things that are to come, and a warning voice for the 21st Century.
The first thought about their ruling on ObamaCare and gay marriage was, when did they become a legislative branch?
I remember being taught they can only interpret the law, but here, they are dictating the law to states that in many cases have chosen otherwise. Their ruling also tramples sovereignty of the states, the voice of the people in those states, and seems to lump us in to one huge state – not the United States, but the Supreme Court’s State.
I find that disturbing.
While many celebrate their rulings, I’m reminded of Alma’s talk to his son Corianton – especially Alma chapter 41:
Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved. And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God upon those points of doctrine, which ye have hitherto risked to commit sin. Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.
And now, my son, all men that are in a state of nature, or I would say, in a carnal state, are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; they are without God in the world, and they have gone contrary to the nature of God; therefore, they are in a state contrary to the nature of happiness.
One cannot substitute sexual sin for “love”. Wickedness never was happiness, nor is it ever love. Nephi, son of Helaman (Helaman 7:5) wrote:
Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills—
And, from Alma 10:
Yea, well did Mosiah say, who was our last king, when he was about to deliver up the kingdom, having no one to confer it upon, causing that this people should be governed by their own voices—yea, well did he say that if the time should come that the voice of this people should choose iniquity, that is, if the time should come that this people should fall into transgression, they would be ripe for destruction.
There are several cases where the voice of the people chose righteously, but then the courts chose iniquity. In either case, I believe it is setting us up for some troubled times.
To go on the record, I don’t hate anyone. I do have an abhorrence of evil (or sin as it is also called). Over and over we read in the scriptures that God sends calamities to deal with the world when it becomes ripe with iniquity (sin, evil). I believe in the doctrine of forgiveness, and while I work at being a forgiving person, I hope my friends who do not believe the same as me will understand why I cannot, will not, rejoice over todays SCOTUS decisions. To me, rejoicing would be as abhorrent as getting excited about someone who over-doses on heroine because it made them feel good. It goes against everything I’ve been taught to be good. I hate smoking, drinking, drug abuse, adultery, yet I have friends who engage in some or all of those activities, and in spite of their vices, they are still my friends.
Latter-day prophets and apostles have voiced their warning too:
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
On a brighter note…
The Book of Mormon also tells us if we’re found doing what we should be doing (keeping God’s commandments) we need not fear as we read in 1 Nephi chapter 22:
Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire. …
And the righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded. But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the children of men, which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh—
While the righteous need not fear, the calamities will have their impact. Loved ones will be lost.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which I belong, issued this statement today:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.
The statement was followed with a reference to this document: The Divine Institution of Marriage