Again, I say, we should follow the commandments of the prophets, and they have
told us to get involved in politics. I don't see that that implies necessarily
that we'll get involved at the expense of the Gospel. Quite the opposite, since
we're doing what we're told to do. It's just like the Word of Wisdom -- some
people take it to extremes, trying to convert others to, say, vegetarianism on
the supposed basis of the WoW.

Maybe I should repost that 1P statement, although like all 1P statements, it's in
the Ensign for all to read.

Jim Cobabe wrote:

> If Satan can't intimidate or bully us with physical trials, he'll often
> try to fool us with substitute issues and programs. He would like us to
> invest our time, talents, and energy in causes that are not the cause of
> Zion, in the hope they may ultimately replace our commitment to the
> gospel. Often these other concerns are valid and worthwhile. That is
> irrelevant. The deception comes in giving these concerns a higher
> priority in our lives than our gospel covenants and thus to prove
> unfaithful to our first love, who is Christ. Those who are fooled in
> this way usually feel the Church is not doing enough in the area of
> their pet concerns. They may become disenchanted with the program of the
> Church and begin to follow "alternate voices." These
> members do not lack zeal; indeed, they are often strong enough to endure
> tremendous trials. But Satan has diverted their zeal to the defense of
> other causes instead of Zion, and they don't perceive that their
> shifting loyalty is really unfaithfulness. Those so deceived do not
> generally reject Christ; they just decide to interpret his will
> differently or to serve him in different ways or according to new
> standards and values, and their original commitments take a backseat to
> their new agenda. In essence, they change their spiritual compass
> headings. But the truth is that they couldn't be trusted to hold their
> original course and keep their original commitments. They didn't endure.
> (Stephen E. Robinson, Following Christ.)
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--
Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author
solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer,
nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated.

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