Note: I am getting lots of requests to comment on the latest Church policy announcement (That was leaked prematurely). I hadn’t planned on it, but decided, at my EC’s encouragement (pressure), to chime in. I’ll respond with some thoughts and with a story that, until now, I thought everyone was familiar with -I was wrong. Here you go:
There is a story told of an old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight, and it is between two wolves. One is evil: he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good: he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” (Link)
Every so often the Church comes out with a new policy, directive, announcement, etc. that causes a stir. Today’s announcement regarding the standing of same-sex couples and their children is no exception. There is much angst, doubt, and struggle in the hearts of many members.
And it will happen again. And again. As the gulf between the Church and the World widens, there will necessarily be more and more days like today.
The question – which I consider MUCH more important that the issues at hand is this:
Which wolf will we feed?
The Wolf of Faith?
or the Wolf of Doubt?
The Wolf of Doubt quickly turns to anger, indignation, public acrimony and discussion. He takes offense, and is quick to share it. He searches for allies and information to validate his views. He turns to sources that are not enlightened, are not sanctioned by God. He often doesn’t even bother to read the very thing that he is so upset about. He will look to support his doubt…
And he will find it. There are many who are more than happy to feed the Wolf of Doubt.
The Wolf of Faith is quick to restrain his reaction. He turns to sources he knows are endorsed by God. He reads the actual policy – instead of seizing on the exploitive headlines in the media. He is not afraid to drop to his knees and seek truth from God through the Spirit before he makes up his mind – and especially before he speaks out. He will look to find that which will support his faith…
And he will find it.
Which wolf are you?
Do you desire understanding, enlightenment, inspiration and truth?
Or do you desire contention, justification and doubt?
You can find either.
And you can feed at the trough…or drink at the fountain.
LATE ADDITION: Here is what a lot of us have been waiting for. Elder Christofferson did a remarkable interview today that explained the policy changes and all that was involved. This is “going to the source.” http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/handbook-changes-same-sex-marriages-elder-christofferson
(I had to take the video down, because my ISP got ad at me for hogging the CPU. Go to the link instead.)
Here is a great article that helps explain things in more detail for Wolves looking for faith.
Here is a quote by President Boyd K. Packer as well:
“The family is safe within the church. We are not in doubt as to the course we must follow. It was given in the beginning, and guidance from on high is renewed as need may be. As we continue on our course, these things will follow as night the day: The distance between the church and the world set on a course which we cannot follow will steadily increase. Some will fall away into apostasy, break their covenants, and replace the plan of redemption with their own rules.” (Link)