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.”

    Political message: We should all support a progressive income tax.

2. Did You Think To Pray (#140): “Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?”

    Political message: We should support banning prayer in public places; prayer should be done in our rooms.

3. We Are All Enlisted (#250): “We are all enlisted til the conflict is over.”

    Political message: We should be in favor of reinstating the draft.

4. Nay Speak No Ill (#233)

    Political message: We should support laws prohibiting hate speech.

5. Onward, Christian Soldiers (#246)

    Political message: We should support democracy building and interventionist foreign policy.

6. Put Your Shoulder To The Wheel (#252): “We all have work, let no one shirk.”

    Political message: We should support more lenient child labor laws.

7. If You Could Hie To Kolob (#284): “There is no end to race.”

    Political message: We should support affirmative action legislation.

8. Choose The Right (#239): “Choose the right, when a choice is placed before you.”

    Political message: We should always vote for the most conservative political candidates on the ballot.

9. They, The Builders of the Nation (#36)

    Political message: We should support causes endorsed by labor unions.

10. The Lord Is My Light (#89)

    Political message: We should support energy conservation measures, such as using the Lord, rather than coal-produced electricity, for light.

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.