Why do so many people avoid politics?
What do we suppose our Heavenly Father feels about politics?
What do the holy scriptures and prophets say about politics?
There are detailed lessons on:
- the independence of nations Alma 46:36 ; Doctrine and Covenants 134:5
- religious liberty Alma 46:13 ; 2 Corinthians 3:17
- political liberty Alma 60:27
- voting Alma 59:13; Alma 2:7 ; Alma 51:7
- war Mark 13:7 ; Alma 58:12; Alma 54:20 ; D&C 130:13
- lawmaking Doctrine and Covenants 98:5 ; Mosiah 29:26
- political conspiracies 2 Nephi 26:22 ; Ether 14:8
- self-reliance Moroni 9:6 ; Doctrine and Covenants 42:42
- avoiding slavery/communism Alma 53:17; Mosiah 2:13; 3 Ne. 3:7 ; Alma 27:9
- the takeover of education by the corrupt Alma 35:5; 2 Nephi 28:12; JST, Psalms 14:4
- the enormous difference between consecration and communism 3 Ne. 3:7 ; The Purpose of Church Welfare Services
- how to maintain the privilege of living in a promised land Ether 2:7-9 ; 2 Kings 17
— to name a few vital political topics.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, who became the President and prophet of the church, said:
“The Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time. http://youtu.be/PJf9Rc78vb0
Some churches, such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remain politically neutral while urging its members to be politically active. Why? From the church website: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org.uk/official-statement/political-neutrality
The Church encourages members to be informed about issues and to vote in elections and expects members to engage in the political process in an informed manner.
The Church does not promote political parties or attempt to direct any government leader.
Yet, the Church reserves the right as an institution to address, in a nonpartisan way, issues that it believes have significant community or moral consequences.
So we are expected to study politics carefully. We are expected to act on what we learn from studying.
We are not supposed to sit this one out.
Liberty depends on our ability to recognize what is going on around us.