It's the Lords. He shares. I don't know if I would be so generous if he were me.
Quaint, huh? The archaic thought that I can hold something that is part of God. Not a very popular notion these days. In fact, with “God is love and everywhere and nowhere” being a metaphysical part of Gods work is a concept that is out of style, out of date, and out an audience. Even the most conservative of the conservatives have evolved to a “All you need is love...da, da da, da da...” belief that has evolved into an "all there is is love" belief that means everything and nothing to most people who seem to want less and less responsibility.
Treating everyone with kindness and love is a huge part of what it means to follow the Lord. In fact, the New Testament is all about His higher law: Love. His Sacrifice. Repentance, Forgiveness. These are not passive things. And there is more.
The priesthood could be considered several categories away form popular cultures beliefs of how God operates. On the Wheel of Fortune scale, there is about seven spaces between “God is love” and “Gods Priesthood power". In between are “Bankrupt”, “You lose”, “Be nice to others”, “Pay taxes” and a few that are less or more intelligent. “Love is good, and good is God is all and nothing” is a little hare for Vanna to spell.
Priesthood is power. Priesthood is responsibility. Priesthood is God on earth.
No one can transgress the laws of chastity and expect to find peace unless he sincerely repents of the sin. The Book of Mormon tells us that the Holy Ghost will not dwell in unclean tabernacles. And if we lose the power of the Holy Ghost, it is impossible for us to use the priesthood authority bestowed on us.
But I want to use the priesthood! I want to wear the clothing that reminds me of the commitments I have made. I want to be spiritually connected to something better than, smarter than, greater than myself. I also want to have gay sex.
The Lord said, “And let all things be done in cleanliness before me” When we are morally clean, the Holy Ghost can work through us to help us exercise our priesthood power properly. In this way, the priesthood is a great protection against sin. As we use it righteously, we not only serve others effectively but also obtain power to turn away from temptation. Elder A. Theodore Tuttle gave an example of how unrighteousness prevents us from using our priesthood authority:
“A foolish young man had been interviewed for a mission,” wrote Elder Tuttle, “and even though he was asked some very direct questions, he answered them with lies. … Then he went out and tried to teach the gospel. That, of course, was the final test, and the test in which he failed. The missionary found out he could not do missionary work without the Spirit of the Lord. …So this missionary had to repent and…set himself right with those who had interviewed him before the Spirit of the Lord would be with him”
Here's a guys bottom line: Keep hands off another guys bottom or repent. A little glib. Sorry.
Is holding the priesthood more important to you then gay sex? It's a toss op for a lot of guys. It was for me. Especially for men in our twenty's and thirty's – when things point in a different direction – glib again. The more I know about the two options, the more I tend to gravitate towards having the power. The priesthood power.
To where are you gravitating? Is it getting you what you want?
Are we really going to leave it up to Vanna?