I can’t help but think of the debates we get into online about politics when I read the teachings of Christ to his peoples in the Book of Mormon. These words were so important, they were some of the first teachings Christ said during His first visit with his people. While he taught it in the New Testament, he felt it so important enough to repeat it in the Book of Mormon. It might be the first things he says to us about online debates:
“love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you.”
“blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
“whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
“Agree with thine adversary quickly while thou art in the way with him, lest at any time he shall get thee, and thou shalt be cast into prison.”
“whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also;”
I have a personal luxary that some people might not agree with. I’ve left all political parties. I’m an independent. My luxary is that I don’t feel an obligation to defend a specific side. While I lean more conservative, I see beauties of both sides. And it baffles me when others can’t do that. I think Christ’s teachings apply to both sides. Can a Democrat say/do these things to a Republican? Can a Republican do/say these things to a Democrat? Gratefully, I know many who can.
My hope is that we will prioritize. My job and hobbies has lead me to seeing members, and Christians in general, who let their politics lead their religion, instead of their religion lead their politics. Let’s read the scriptures from God’s view, where these two different modern parties didn’t exist in ancient times. From the perspective of a loving God, trying to get his children to love Him, as well as each other.
The first commandment is to love God,
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”