Idolatry?


On Sunday I put my finger on something I’ve found odd about political conversations for some time now.

I think that my Mormon Conservative friends feel that they have a strong belief in the principles of the gospel, and when they participate in politics and develop opinions it is because of their strong feelings about those principles. In other words, if it came down to it, they would choose whatever the prophet said over politicians, even if they were confused as to why those two things conflicted.

I think that my Mormon Liberal friends feel that they have a strong belief in the principles of the gospel, and when they participate in politics and develop opinions it is because of their strong feelings about those principles. In other words, if it came down to it, they would also choose whatever the prophet said over politicians, even if they were confused as to why those two things conflicted.

But, from the outside, it is easy for the Conservatives to assume that the Liberals are committed to their political views to such an extent that it has become idolatry, and it is easy for the Liberals to assume that the Conservatives are committed to their political views to such an extent that it has become idolatry for them.

For example, Mormon Liberals who strongly believe that the earth was created by Divine Hands may see taking care of the environment as a way to worship God and act upon their dedication to the principles of the gospel. But a Conservative may too quickly assume that this or that Mormon Liberal has taken Liberal politics as an idol, and left off the principles of the gospel. We are so quick to judge!

For another example, Mormon Conservatives who strongly believe that God is both male and female (a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother) may see defending sexual difference and/or traditional marriage as a way to worship God and act upon their dedication to the principles of the gospel. But a Liberal may too quickly assume that this or that Mormon Conservative has taken Conservative politics as an idol, and left off the principles of the gospel. We are all so quick to judge!

Even though I think most Mormons believe themselves to be entering politics in such a way that it follow from their commitment to God, it is nearly universal to hear Mormons of one political party accusing Mormons of the opposite political party as not doing the same. (Drat, that pesky human nature strikes again! 🙂 )

Of course, there are likely many who do take political positions as an idol but don’t realize that. But if they don’t realize it, then it would take careful work to help them untangle their desires to worship God from their less-than-conscious dedication to their idol. I think it’s a tangle that probably exists for most of our idols. The reason we get sold on worshiping them is because we are flattered into thinking that we really aren’t worshiping idols at all! I imagine most everyone has a few of those.

But that is a question for another post.

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