Sunday, February 24, 2008

I've been thinking about the accusation made by members (mostly "leaders") of other churches that Latter-day Saints aren't Christian. First of all, not sure who is really in a position of authority to make such a claim. Secondly, should we care? At some point the truth will win out, right? I've thought often of the story in the book of Acts about the great Jewish teacher Gamaliel. Here's the text from Chapter 5:

"Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."

If leaders of other churches were truly sure of their position, than they should have nothing to worry about. If we're wrong, we're wrong. "The truth will win out," as they say. But if we're right, or "if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God," then it would seem wise to tread lightly along the path of finger-pointing. That never seems to work out for anyone who tries it.

This train of thought came in part from my preparation to speak as a member of our stake high council in March. I am planning on talking about what it means to be a true Christian, and more importantly, how we might become such a person. The following are the three threads I plan to follow off of the main concept: Do we know Him? Scripture study is the best way to come to know who the Savior is. Do we love Him? The sacrament is the Lord's way of helping us to feel gratitude for His suffering and to covenant to love Him most. Will we follow Him? Serving others brings out Christ-like characteristics, which lead us to become more like Him and to live more like Him. The work of a lifetime and more, yes.


  1. I enjoyed your comments Scott.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts Scott! I've been thinking about this lately as a good friend of mine recently told me that her neighbor just knocked on her door one day and said "We can't be friends anymore because you are not a Christan" She was dumbfounded and I am always baffled by such a comment but I know that its absolutely the furthest thing from the truth. Smiles and Love ,JEN

  3. That is very true. I've never seen any christianity in putting down other religions who teach what they know to be good. It's as if they feel threatened or insecure. You see the same thing in day to day life from people with low self esteem.