Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Who wants anything impure? But wait...
These days a lot of people are really interested in the cleanliness of what we consume. We want pure air to breathe, we want pure drinking water, we want clean cities, we want clean food, we don’t like impurities. People sanitize their hands before meals to get rid of impurities. Cleanliness is important.
Wouldn't it be smart to take the same care with the spiritual food we intake? Our spiritual water. Do we even bother to notice? It's easier to just accept whatever the norm is, just accept what's taught and delivered to you. This occurs when trust is given to others, over the Spirit. It's even easier if everyone else is doing it, and if years of tradition are behind it. Even easier if the person teaching has position, or a lot of letters after their name. It's more difficult to think about it, ask questions, pray about it, and find out the truth for ourselves.
The Book of Mormon speaks of pollutions, impurities, and degraded religious occurrences in our last days. Yet we sometimes are more focused on drinking clean water while we choke down spiritual impurities without a second thought.
How important personal revelation is. It requires effort, but it's fun, not to mention free. (Isaiah 55:1) "every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."
On a related note, this is a quote by Brigham Young I like a lot:
“‘I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are being led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken that influence they could give their leaders if they know for themselves by the revelations of Jesus Christ that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know by the whisperings of the Spirit of God to themselves whether their leaders are walking in the way the Lord dictates or not. This has been my exhortation continually"
What good advice.