The Mormon Dodge
As a Bible believing Christian who has at least half a brain, I read what it says about "Be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you." (1Pe 3:15) and take what it says seriously. It indicates a need for transparency in doctrine and practice. If you wonder why I behave as I do (for good or ill) I am to give a reason for why . But when questions about some less-than-Biblically-orthodox beliefs and practices in Mormonism and its offshoots (Most of whom, reporters are quick to remind us, have NO RELATION to The LDS of Salt Lake City) arise, there is something less than clear in the answers.
When the Mitt Romney questions arose months back, the aether was awash with questions and concerns about (GASP) A Mormon In The White House, reminiscent of the fundamentalist worrying over the Long Arm of the Papacy running things during Jack Kennedy's presidency. Local chat shows would have A Local Mormon come on to reassure the masses that we're Just Like You, virtually indistinguishable from First Presbyterian.
BUT! When specifics like the secrecy Temple marriage, Unusual Underwear, and suchlike were raised, no chapter-and-verse was exhibited, neither from the Bible, nor from that putative "Other Testament of Jesus Christ". Instead, as one woman on a local station called in, when told that the secrecy made people nervous and distrustful, she said:
"It's not secret. It's sacred."
I for one was reassured.
I figured that it was just religious wooly-thinking. Many people put their brain in "Idle" when churchy things are concerned. Mark Twain was inaccurate when he wrote "Faith is believing what you know ain't so.", "Religion" more closely fills the bill. The Bible says (Rom 10:17) "Then faith is of hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." The Word of God -intel from the mind of the Almighty- hardly qualifies as "ain't so". However, the lady's comment on the wireless is apparently not aberrant.
This past week, when the news was fulminating over the Yearning for Zion sect's polygynous propensities, a member of the group, a wife and mother, was asked if she shared a spouse with other wives. In a tiny, mouse-like voice she indicated that she would not answer that. The reporter asked why not, and she replied
"It is sacred to me."
I hate to say it, but this way of thinking frightens me.It smacks of doctrinal talking points. If the True Gospel is being proclaimed by any LDS sect, then why the dodges, however prettily and "spiritually" phrased? Why the obfuscation? Makes me suspect that all is not, well, kosher in the Kingdom of LDS.
Makes a LOT of people suspect, I suspect.