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|The Secret Hymnal Guide to Politics|
Mar. 24th, 2009 at 12:13 am
Reasonable people may disagree over which political party Jesus would endorse, and I know the Church generally declares political neutrality, but I’ve discovered some clues among the hymns that provide some much-needed guidance on where we, as Church members, should stand on particular political issues. I will share, that all may be edified.
1. Because I Have Been Given Much (#219): “Because I have been given much, I, too, must give.”
2. Did You Think To Pray (#140): “Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?”
3. We Are All Enlisted (#250): “We are all enlisted til the conflict is over.”
4. Nay Speak No Ill (#233)
5. Onward, Christian Soldiers (#246)
6. Put Your Shoulder To The Wheel (#252): “We all have work, let no one shirk.”
7. If You Could Hie To Kolob (#284): “There is no end to race.”
8. Choose The Right (#239): “Choose the right, when a choice is placed before you.”
9. They, The Builders of the Nation (#36)
10. The Lord Is My Light (#89)
The political message that emerges here is not necessarily consistent, but it is quite clear, and I think it behooves all of us to act and vote accordingly. If you are aware of other instances of political guidance in the hymns, please share.