Consecration and Persecution

Mmmmmm…Two of my favorite lessons in church — on the same day. I love Law of Consecration lessons, because it’s fun to see people struggling with the idea. Here’s how it works: You give everything you have/produce/make to a guy. He then distributes everything out to people according to their needs. Here in Utah, where straight-up capitalism practically has the aura of a commandment, you can kind of see how people start to become a little uncomfortable when we start talking Law of Consecration. Because it sounds a lot like another word that begins with the letter “C”.

And persecution. Our forebears went through a lot for us. It is important to remember this and learn from their courage and faith. And yes, many people are ridiculed and experience emotional (and even physical) persecution because of their faith today. However, I’m not sure we needed to spend the amount of time we did discussing the “persecution of the Saints in California — with everything that’s going on politically.” After all, protesting a political position taken by the Church (and several other churches as well) does not constitute persecution. It’s political free speech. If protests do constitute persecution, what does that say about Church members holding rallies and protests? When someone is protesting against you, it’s persecution. But when you protest against someone else, it’s a defense of your rights. Oh yeah, and why are we talking about politics in church?

It’s why I volunteer to help in primary. Because I couldn’t do this every single week.

5 Responses to Consecration and Persecution

  1. Haha, the C word! :p On the topic of persecution, we did have an interesting discussion at church today. I don’t believe it’s persecution if people protest against you. But some of those people in CA really have gone through a lot as a result of their support for Prop. 8. Our RS teacher’s parents live in CA, and she told us some of the things they’re going through right now. Their property has been vandalized multiple times. Their neighbors no longer talk to them. The mom is a teacher, and her classroom was vandalized and had not-so-nice graffiti sprayed all over. Their names have been publicly blacklisted in the local newspaper, along with others who had contributed financially to support Prop. 8. That, I believe, IS persecution. Protest is one thing, going around vandalizing and ostracizing another. Regardless of how you feel about an issue.

  2. I definitely agree with you about vandalism and personal threats. There were (and probably still are) several people on both sides of that issue that crossed the line and moved into persecution. I just found it odd that the focus was more on protesting than actual persecution.

  3. We had those lessons last Sunday. When the day does come that we have to live the Law of Consecration then many people, especially within the church, really need to get over their selfishness. And it shouldn’t matter if, we as a people, aren’t materialistic…right? Following the Law of Consecration is going to be more difficult than giving tithing – at least for some!

  4. I might be going out on a limb with this next thought but I was thinking about something while sitting through my lesson about persecution: I found it ironic that many would mention the current political tension that members of the church have felt from some people. Don’t we share common ground with many in the gay community when it comes to modern-day persecution? You don’t have to agree with the lifestyle choice that gay people make to understand that it is horrific that someone should be persecuted for making a choice. Whether that choice is the person you love or the religion you practice. A person shouldn’t be beaten, yelled at, called names or even killed in extreme cases. Hate is what persecution is all about. Though I too don’t agree with vandalism, violence, and ostracizing or the like no matter who is on the receiving end. I just wanted to point out that perhaps Mormons should realize that much of the passion and anger over the “gay marriage” issue is that gay people feel persecuted as well!

  5. I think you make very good points, Miller Family! Sometimes we forget to stop and think about how our own actions affect others — and how the way we approach things can actually be considered persecution.

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