There are many not of our faith who share our distaste and disgust with our leviathan government. They share our concerns about a loss of liberty as a result of unconstitutional domestic infringements. They share our concerns about bankruptcy as a result of blatantly irresponsible fiscal practices. They share our concerns about pending danger and attacks as a result of an untenable, immoral foreign policy position. There is much we have in common with our brothers and sisters outside of the faith who share our concerns about such things.
As Latter-day Saints, however, our charge is different. We are to support the cause of liberty, yes, but in the context of preparing the world for the Second Coming of the Messiah. Our means must be different. Salvation and exaltation is at stake, both for us and for others. Our way must be different, for what we do, and how we do it, molds our character; we will be accountable for such on the Day of Judgment. What doth it profit us, if we gain a small and restrained government, but lose our own souls?
Frustration and anger is commonplace among many small government advocates. But the Lord directs us to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
What shall we do? Faith, hope, and charity are musts. We need faith in salvation through Jesus Christ. We need hope in a better world. We need charity for all.
How do we show charity while not compromising our positions? There are plenty of examples of what not to do. The vitriol of Paul Craig Roberts, for instance, seems anything but charitable to me.
Instead, we should strive to remember what it was like before we had small government beliefs. Or, if we have had such our entire lives, then we should try to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. We must strive to understand the perspective of others, empathizing when possible, and sympathizing when empathy is not possible.
In summary, as Latter-day Saint advocates of small governments, we must transcend the ways of the world and strive for a more excellent way, that others may choose to believe what we do by their own choice, and not be bullied or manipulated or pushed into it.