By Janet Walgren,
There was a popular song in the 60’s that asked the question, “How many times must (something) happen? Before (there is a consequence) … I’m beginning to think it should be revived and become the watch cry of congress.
There is a saying, “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” The Republicans found this out (again) and now the Democrats are in charge (again). My question is has anyone learned anything? The revolving door of power ought to be a lesson; so why isn’t anyone in Washington D.C. getting it?
In the Doctrine and Covenants, a book of modern scripture, the Lord instructed the prophet Joseph Smith about the use of power while he was being held captive in a dungeon in Liberty jail.
The local population didn’t like the increasing presence of the Mormons because it threatened their power base and their way of life. Missourians were pro-slavery and the Mormons opposed it. This resulted in Governor Boggs issuing an extermination order against the Mormons if they didn’t leave the state.
Consider what the Lord taught Joseph in March 1839:
“34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?
35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—
36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.
37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
38 Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.
39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—
43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distill upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever. ”
Do we really want our politicians in Washington to be left to their own devices, without the inspiration? It is obvious that their solutions to our nation’s problems haven’t worked. What sins are they trying to cover? What are their vain ambitions? Who are they trying to dominate unrighteously? Why have there been so many wars? Check your history folks!
If we can’t do anything with our politicians, perhaps we ought to ask ourselves if we are operating without inspiration. Could it be that the future of our liberty lies within each individual residing in the United States?
Imagine what could happen if every individual got on their knees and asked the Lord to show each one of us individually how to solve our nation’s problems. What would we do and say to our politicians then?