Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Socialism and Zion stand opposed to each other

What is the appeal of socialism. Part of the appeal is security, but that is not the driving force. The driving force is the opposite of what we find in the scriptures.

D&C 56:17 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!

Socialism is driven by masses whose spirits are not contrite, whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other mens goods. It is driven by those whose eyes are full of greediness. It is driven by those who do not want to labor with their own hands.

Zion is the antithesis of such principles. In Zion, poor are exalted, in that the the rich are made low 

D&C 104:15 And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.
16 But it must needs be done in mine own way; and behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low.
17 For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.
18 Therefore, if any man shall take of the abundance which I have made, and impart not his portion, according to the law of my gospel, unto the poor and the needy, he shall, with the wicked, lift up his eyes in hell, being in torment.

But there is an enormous difference between the two principles.

Who has given to the poor sincerely and not felt God's smile upon him? The soul delights to take care of those who are in need.

And what contrite poor person has not been cared for in time of want by some kind soul and not felt the edification of the spirit of gratitude and love?

Thus there is a double spiritual blessing in Zion. Both parties, the rich and the poor, are edified and rejoice together when the poor are exalted in that the rich are made low in God's own manner. When this is done to its full extent in the law of consecration then the community can be knit together in a way possible by no other means, and this is part of the foundation of a Zion society.

But socialism reverses these spiritual blessings into that which is spiritually destructive. What man feels God's edifying spirit in the act of paying oppressive taxes meant to support a government which maintains its control by promising the masses that it will force the money of the wealthy into hands of the poorer majority? This is stealing, except it is done by the power of government for the purpose of keeping corrupt men in the seat of government. 

The effect on the rich of such action is to make them resent the poor, looking on them with suspicion. The effect on the poor of such action is to train them to have eyes full of greediness. Rather than a cycle of edification, socialism corrupts the principles of Zion into a cycle of darkness.

Socialism and Zion stand opposed. 



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