Sunday, January 19, 2014

Churchianity

Every Sunday during Sunday school I get to see the below picture.  No matter where you sit in the room you have a good view of these two pictures.  I've been tempted to switch which one is on top, but as of yet have not because I think its a telling symbol, and a good reminder of the state of things in our church.

It gives me pause every time I see it.  The artificial light glare seems to have jumped on the bandwagon of "Follow the Prophet" by also pointing to the most important man in the LDS church.  Whom ever sits in that "seat".  



We are all familiar with structure, hierarchy, and that when something is of higher importance, we typically place that item in the center, or above other items to show it's higher importance or preeminence.

That being the case, the visual symbolism of these two images, and their placement with respect to each other is telling.  While some people increase in importance, others seem to decrease.  This holds true far beyond the placement of the first presidency above Jesus on the wall of the Church.  I use it as a symbol of a larger, cultural problem foretold and warned about in scripture only Mormons accept.

Ask yourself if what this photograph portrays holds true beyond this symbol?  Don't be afraid of the answer. The truth doesn't need to be feared.  The truth can set you free, but not if you resist it, and fight it, and refuse to see what is actually occurring right before our eyes.  You cannot fix a problem you refuse to acknowledge.  The scriptures foretell of modern day idolatry (3 Nephi 30:2).  Consider that leaders, the institution itself, and various "mindsets" can also be idols.

To me, this image captures an important element and even symbol of scriptural prophesy.  

1 comment:

  1. Flip through a magazine find a picture of Christ about the size of the 3 dear leaders and tape Christ into the picture and see how long it stays. Or find a funny picture and tape it on, mocking the symbolism can be your little secret. I used to find funny pictures of people in magazines and tape them on to family pictures on my co-workers desk. Hey you got to create you own happiness, right?

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