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Date Posted: 17:29:14 06/01/05 Wed
Author: Mary, quite contrary
Subject: I didn't take them that way, President Hinckley's words
In reply to: Chuck in ND 's message, "That's precisely the concern" on 12:12:46 05/29/05 Sun

When I heard "War on terrorism" I winced, but I also have heard this man quote like phrases many times; it doesn't mean he believes them. He was simply stating that that is what it is being called. That didn't mean he put his stamp on it; this is the way the man speaks.
Frankly, I would like to see anyone remain as diplomatic as he does and get as much spiritual work done. Even if he hasn't thought that much about politics and has sort of accepted things as they are, I have heard so much more in his talks than "this is good". Did anyone, but myself, hear his warning about empires? Immediately, I thought of America, not of Iraq. He was warning us. I took the warning. Was I alone? Scriptures throughout the ages, including the words of Jesus Christ, have used language that people who don't have spiritual ears to hear aren't able to understand and misapply. Again and again, following Christ's example in his use of words, he is being 'wise as a serpent'.
What would be the point of his saying, "Dishonest men in Washington are leading us into war, and even many of our LDS are becoming involved." Would it really help? I've asked myself that many times, and the answer is always, "no". Would any of us have the courage to get behind a pulpit where our words are going to be broadcast to millions of people and say something like that? What would be the point? As long as people are rejecting Christ, what would be the point? As long as general moral climate is deteriorating, what would be the point? Better to teach of Christ, give hope to those who are enmired in political quagmires and warn against moral decay.

If things are as bad as I think they are, it would just shut good things down and cause more persecution, and perhaps it's not time for that yet. Maybe we should be grateful President Hinckley doesn't say everything he, personally, believes. We may be surprised, and we probably will be, someday. Maybe President Hinckley really does receive revelation. Now someone reading this could say that my way of wording that implies that he doesn't; that isn't what I intend--point made. Words are poor.
Words are inadequate, easily misconstrued, easily used against us all; what a flag to wave. (laughing at myself)

Other-than-American latter-day saints should do what some of the rest of us do: realize that their/our own country(ies) are also on shaky foundations, take the comfort President Hinckley intends for those who are caught in the ugliness of war, and do what he says over and over again: Tolerate all nations/kindreds/faiths.

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