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.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The key that Antonin Scalia firmly held

With the passing of Antonin Scalia, the only justice to be found in the Supreme Court these days, my wife had collected a number of quotations from him. This one seems particularly worthy of note. 

"God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools...and He has not been disappointed....If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world." 

I think that statement is a key that unlocks the ability of men with power to avoid being destroyed by that pride and the flattery of men. If only the many members of the church who serve in positions of power in government held and lived with the same key firmly in hand, we would no longer be ashamed of our God in government. We have heard that our founders took world altering political action based on truths they held to be self evident about man and his creator. But we think we can reject the builders foundation, we think we can avoid having to stand by self evident truth and by god in government, and we think those those actions won't destroy the government those founders created. We think that being "good members" of the true church involved in politics can substitute for standing by god and truth in government without fear. As if membership held any key above and beyond our actions.

We believe we can please God with our work in government while being ashamed to mention his name or appeal to his truths. I have a hard time conceiving how that idea enters our hearts. Apparently, we think the verses about being witnesses of God in all things and in all places were just a big joke. We think that the founders had it wrong, and we know how to frame a government more fitly than they did, by building in on a framework of social science and psychological studies instead of on a framework of God and truths we hold to be self evident.

No. No. No. Antonin Scalia's statement is a key that we must grab firmly if we are to save our country. I repeat it again.

"God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools...and He has not been disappointed....If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world." 

Here is another quote from Antonin Scalia. It is precisely the sort of things that can only be said by a man willing to grab hold of that first key and abide by it.

"The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state."



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