Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Reply to Serving, not Ruling part 1

on September 14, 2012

A reply to Cole Ryan, author of the following post
kingcohl.com/2012/08/13
entitled “Serving, not Ruling”

“Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it.” (1 Nephi 17:36) Since all people of every faith and nation inhabit the Earth, all are the  children of the Lord spoken of.  Since all are the Children of the Lord, all are brothers and sisters. Therefore we refer to the above named author as Brother Ryan. Brother Ryan begins with a quote of John Adams to the effect that

“The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, their duties, and their obligations. The radical change in the principles, opinions, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.” John Adams

and on these words of John Adams, the second president of United States, Brother Ryan comments

A government isn’t capable of doing that. I don’t believe there will ever be a president that will be able to change the principles, opinions, or religious views of anyone. We need to stop talking about the president and the political parties and start talking about right and wrong. (Ryan)

The Utah People’s Party agrees. There never was and never will be a President or other government officer that could issue any decree, law, regulation, etc. that could generate in the hearts of the citizens the faith needed to qualify for salvation in the life to come. Furthermore no decree, regulation, etc can generate in the citizenry the faith needed to be delivered from the problems of our current life on Earth. We do need to talk much more about right and wrong and the best time to do that is now.

“Political parties don’t matter anymore.” (Ryan) We suppose that Brother Ryan has in mind the most well know parties: Republican and Democratic. If so, we agree that these parties do not matter. Neither one admits to the citizenry that we need divine intervention. Neither one stresses the duties of citizens which the people in general must perform to be worthy of that intervention. Consequently, neither offers the needed solution and thus neither matters.

Our nation wasn’t founded to be the way it is today, but that can’t be fixed by anything a regulation or a law can do. A revolution needs to take place, and it starts in the hearts and minds of the American people, not in Washington DC. (Ryan)

Laws will change for the better when the citizens have changed for the better.

I’m convinced that somewhere down the line we got the warped misconception that the government owes us something, like we are entitled, or that we are meant to rely and depend on the government. (Ryan)

Too many people depend on the government and to many people feel entitled to be taken care of by the efforts of other people. These ideas are not consistent with the word of the Lord.

I think sometimes we assume we need to wait for the government in order to make a change, or we think that they are the only ones capable of doing so. We must begin to look at Washington DC as the source of our problems, not the solution to them.(Ryan)

Waiting for government to fix the problems is the opposite of doing our own duties. As to the source of our problems, we have three enemies: the Devil who tempts us to sin, ourselves who yield to temptation, and any one who seeks to establish or maintain a tyrannical government over us.

I don’t think this world will be made better through political force. Forcing people to live according to your beliefs won’t change their heart, it will only change their actions. (Ryan)

Without a change of heart people will not feel any safer or happier. Certainly, being dragged to church will not cause anyone to be saved. Changing people’s action by external force without changing their hearts will do no real good.

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