If the Savior had something to say about the Constitution and our form of government would you want to hear it? What about the modern prophet or his predecessors in the scriptures? It is easy to look at the different political issues of our time and feel confused or unsure of what is right and what is wrong but we have been blessed because Jesus and His prophets and scriptures have spoken about the Constitution.
The Words of Christ
In the Doctrine and Covenants Section 101, Jesus Christ says, “Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.”1Doctrine and Covenants 101:79-80
In this verse, the Savior takes responsibility for establishing the Constitution and puts His seal approval on it and our founding fathers. J. Reuben Clark explained this when he said,
“To me, my brethren and sisters, that statement of the Lord, “I have established the Constitution of this land,” puts the Constitution of the United States in the position in which it would be if it were written in this book of D&C itself. This makes the Constitution the word of the Lord to us. That it was given, not by oral utterance, but by the operation of his mind and spirit upon the minds of men, inspiring them to the working out of this great document of human government, does not alter its authority” 2Conference Report, April 1935, 90.
This counsel and teaching is incredibly important for us in the latter-days as there are many who not only attack the character and intentions of the Founding Fathers but seek to undermine or even destroy our Constitutional government. We, as Latter-day Saints, cannot subscribe to those ideas or be a part of those efforts if we are to be in harmony with the gospel.
In Doctrine and Covenants Section 98, Christ said, “Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land; And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.”3Doctrine and Covenants 98:6-7
What does this mean?
This means that those ideas and groups that seek to undermine the constitutional law of the land and move our free government towards more or less government than what was inspired is evil and will be destructive to our freedoms. We have a duty, therefore, to befriend the Constitution and stand up for our inspired Constitution. In fact, President David O. McKay said: “Next to being one in worshiping God there is nothing in this world upon which this church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States!” 41956, The Instructor 91:34
We as Latter-day Freemen have a duty to defend our inspired Constitution and our God-given freedoms, and as we work together to support it, the Lord will bless us and guide us and we will defeat those that would take our freedoms and destroy our inspired Constitution.