Brigham Young’s Inherent Racism

13 August

Brigham Young Addresses, Ms d 1234, Box 48, folder 3, datedBrigham YoungFebruary 5, 1852, located in the LDS church historical dept.; “I am as much opposed to the principle of slavery as any man in the present acceptation or usage of the term, it is abused. I am opposed to abuseing that which God has decreed, to take a blessing, and make a curse of it. It is a great blessing to the seed of Adam to have the seed of Cain for servants….”

Proverbs 29:13; “The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.”

And so it goes…

Some people never learned even though they were called ‘prophets’ in their day.

The comforting fact in this Bible verse is the truth it holds. When I got saved back in ’93, Kirk and I were desperately poor. We had two kids in diapers without two nickels to rub together as they say, yet the Lord reached down and called me His own!

Many things have changed since then, but the greatest was the salvation God offered me. Looking back and even today, being amongst those who are deceitful, was far worse than any financial hardships we experienced for a few years.

Just as God sends rain on the just and the unjust (Mt. 5:45), He sends light to everyone as it says here. This verse coincides with other verses throughout His word as well. He doesn’t look at man’s appearance (1 Samuel 16:7), but the heart. Greek and Jews are all the same (Gal. 3:28). He made one blood of all nations (Acts 17:26)… Oh, the list is endless!

We’re praying Mormons will see the continuity in His word, which is a portrayal of God’s fidelity. Just as parents only provide the best for their kids, God does the very same for us.

Questions:

Does Brigham Young’s sermon sound reasonable to you, or is it contradictory?

If Brigham was opposed to slavery, why did he believe blacks were condemned by God to it?

If Brigham was opposed to abusing God’s decrees, why did he twist scripture for his own purpose?

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