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.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The gospel of brokenness and the gospel of God

We live in a day when many people are troubled, even in the church. It has become popular, in some circles, to use the word "broken" and to say that everyone, or that many people are broken. They congratulate each other in discussions of their "brokenness".

Such teachings are a gospel of failure that stands in opposition to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Such people have lost their faith in Christ's ability to heal. They don't really believe it. They think healing is actually against his plan.

One wonders whether they have ever read about his life. How frequently he healed people.

Perhaps the victories of modern medicine over the body have left our spirits weak.

When people find themselves "broken" what do they need to do?

How did they get "broken"? Suffering may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. But what leaves our members broken that they do not find those joyful mornings? Where have their sunrises gone?

Because while all may endure the the ups and downs of lifes wheel, sometimes enjoying the top, and other times enduring their periods and times of pain and spiritual trauma, these discussions of being broken do not fit that description. They are not talking about the periods of suffering and joy that all experience. They are not talking about the tides of joy and grief that are the lot of man in a fallen world.

They are more "broken" than that.

And the answer is simple. It is sin that leaves our members broken.

We live in a day of misbehavior and coddling. We look down at ancient Israel for their wickedness. But if we suddenly had to live the law of Moses, would we not find many of our members saying "this requires too much" for it casts stones at adulterers. If we could not endure the lesser law, why do we think we are spiritually better than those in ancient Israel?

If we have faith, we do well in that. But must we not also show our faith by our works?

The issue is not one of tribulation. Joseph Smith endured horrible tribulation. But that didn't make him feel "broken". It wasn't even an issue, because he stayed true and didn't give way to the adversary. Therefore, he never complained of being "broken".

Our members who complain of being broken could find the roots of their malady if they would look back to their choices. Have they suffered tribulation? Certainly, as others have before, and as others will after.

But our trouble is not one of affliction, but of sin. We do wrong and think nothing of it, saying that the Lord will not hold it against us.

We tread dangerous waters when our youth engage in pornography, our young single adults use each other as "friends with benefits", and our married couples get divorced.

But what use is there in pointing out the fire that surrounds us if we give no heed to the danger of our circumstances.

We must repent. We are not even claiming the spiritual blessings that were common among non members in the 1940s and 1950s. We no longer claim the blessings of family stability and unity that come by adhering and requiring strict decency in what we bring into our own homes. Thus the non members of last century, by adhering to a more moral life more strictly have greater claims on the blessings of the home and family than the members of God's true church are claiming for their own families in this day.

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