|Would He tolerate me? Or would|
He avoid me so that it wouldn't
Appear as if He approved of my lifestyle?
Of course, I quickly clicked on to read. I watched conference -- 2 hours times five, and I didn't remember such a talk. But, even as the news story was loading, I knew to whom they were referring. Boyd K Packer. How could it have been anybody else?
I hear some of you out there. “Not again” you are saying. Yes, again -- if by again you mean that he said something else that the same-gender attracted/gay community (those who are concerned over SGAed folk), will be upset over.
Frankly, if I were to take Elder Packer’s remarks at face value, I might be a little frustrated as well. But I believe that he is a prophet of the Lord. He may be staunch, unyielding, and as delicate as a bulldozer planting petunias, but when he speaks for the Lord, he speaks for the Lord.
If I believed differently I would have no business writing a semi-conservative Mormon/gay blog. I would at least have to erase the “Mormon/priesthood” part of gaymormonman/priesthoodmen.
So, I try to look at what Elder Packer said through those glasses. Here is what Elder Packer said.
“We need to be careful of the tolerance trend, so that we do not get swallowed up in it. The permissiveness afforded by the weakening of the laws of the land to tolerate and legalize immorality does not reduce the serious spiritual consequence that is the result from a violation of God’s law of Chastity.”
I think it is idea of being “swallowed up” in permissiveness that is getting to some.
Before we get into it, let me just …
My grandmother was famous for saying that we (those from Idaho) need to be careful being so open minded that our brains fall out. However, she was also famous for slipping in the muck during her first husbands funeral and starting a mud-slinging fest. I have pictures.
Concerning the falling out of brains: I think she meant that people sometimes loose their practical sense of right and wrong by allowing others to choose - even if we consider the idea, thought, or choice wrong, than we give the idea a chance. When others choose differently than we do, we question our own choices and sometimes feel obligated to change. Other than the obligations to change, I am OK reassessing my beliefs every so often.
I don’t think Grandma meant that tolerance would be the downfall of men, not in Idaho, at least.
I would like to hear from you before I post my defense/assessment/thoughts concerning President Packers remarks. What did you hear? Is Elder Packers talk relevant?
The news article -- http://fox13now.com/2013/04/06/lds-leader-warns-against-being-swallowed-up-in-tolerance/
Please see lds.org for President Packers talk