Thursday, February 26, 2015

How Politically Active Does God Want Me To Be?

Look for the role we should play in politics.  
  Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.
  Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.
Doctrine & Covenants 98:9-10

So it's not enough if I show up to vote every few years? Can’t I just vote according to the R or D by their name? Apparently, that is not how the Lord feels about it. Do you study the issues and candidates “diligently”? Often I have not known the particular individuals or ballot measures and I have had to ask those who have studied things more thoroughly.  

How are we to “uphold” good men and women in politics? One way is to let others know when there is a candidate whom you feel deserves support. Likewise, we can join their political campaigns using signs, calling, and even going door to door. The same is true with ballot measures. Upholding can mean supporting financially. Likewise, throughout the year, we can let our representatives know how we feel and encourage them the right way, and discourage them from bad choices.

Today’s Takeaway: What is one small step forward for you being more politically active.? Make that step happen. Don’t take the freedoms we enjoy for granted. Edmund Burke stated, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

1 comment:

  1. Also consider being the change you want to see in the candidates and run for office! Especially local offices like school board, city councils, and other special purpose elected seats (port districts, fire districts, parks, etc). While being at the table doesn't mean that our perspective will always win, it does help gently turn the conversations and decisions in the right direction in the long run. It is also a great way to put those church leadership skills to good use in benefitting our communities!!