"There is much that is difficult and challenging in the world today, my brothers and sisters, but there is also much that is good and uplifting. As we declare in our thirteenth article of faith, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” May we ever continue to do so."I am so glad that the Prophet Joseph Smith, inspired by the Apostle Paul, stated this in positive terms. On the bus, I began to imagine what it would have been in the negative:
"If there is anything immoral, ugly, or of evil report, or unworthy, weMany apologies for wresting the scriptures, hopefully not to my destruction. And some may believe just that - that I am some kind of moral degenerate worthy of condemnation. But the negative twist reminds me of many on the fundamentalist right of the culture wars. I prefer just to leave all the bad and negative things alone.
seek to be disgusted by these things."
I may be obsessing over my attempts at neutrality in the culture wars and anybody may see where I'm going with this - not exactly neutral, but I am not advocating any particular position. I am trying the best I can to understand the important, eternal principles underlying moral issues. And I don't think those principles are negative - that's what I think the War in Heaven over the Agency of each man and woman was about, IMHO.
After all, we are that we might have joy, not disgust.
I absolutely love this observation, friend.ReplyDelete
I'll be linking to this post at some point in the future.