Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Rich and the Poor

Systems and government, plans and policies, are not going to save the souls of the children of men.

The glory is not going to go to political parties or to government agencies in these last days for what salvation comes - temporally or spiritually.

I read a statement this morning by a politician who said we need to fundamentally change government to answer the needs of the people.

No.....politicians need to fundamentally change their values, morals, personal compass and purpose, and society needs to return to the principles and values in themselves personally and individually that foster liberty.

Yesterday as I was reading through the Doctrine and Covenants (still reading my scriptures daily) I found this from the founding of the church when the wealthy would not help the poor and broke their covenants to impart of their substances:

 16 Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!(Doctrine and Covenants 56)

See?  Clearly the rich's fault. 

Oh but wait.....the Lord wasn't finished.  In the very next verse:

 17 Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men’s goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands! (Doctrine and Covenants 56).

Well....it rarely is just one side in it all.   I think I see even more of this last one than the former in our society in these last days. 

Of course in the end, "Love thy neighbor as thyself" and "Thou shalt not covet" both would suffice much of what we struggle with in our society in today.

Anyways, I'm tired of this great and spacious building, but I'm working to continue to become worthy of the Lord's mansions.  I certainly could be more humble and love my neighbor more so in it all I wonder what my role is and how much I've contributed to these issues in our society...or where I could have helped change them. 

Certainly lots of room for self reflection and repentance in every case.

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