The Best of Lowell L. Bennion, Selected Writings 1928-1988: p. 79; “Christ was as humane and man-centered as any humanist in his concern for persons, but he also loved God and shared with him his love for man. And so my loyalty to persons includes man, every man, I hope, but also Deity—the Father and the Son. They too are persons. I don’t know that they need my direct adoration and affection, but it is my simple faith that they suffer when men suffer and rejoice when men have cause to rejoice. So in a modest way, but with all my heart, I would diminish their suffering and enhance their joy.”
Psalm 95:3-6 “For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. 5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
So when was the last time you went along in your day and said; “Oh how I love the Deity but to adore the Deity – nah…”?
First of all, Jesus told us the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind”. – Matt. 22:37
Matthew Henry described the love we have for God as the intense degree of love. It’s the type of love that causes us to fall on our face, and adore Him who is our Creator.
Notice the sequence of events in the passage of when Jesus answered the question of the attorney who was also a Pharisee. He told him the two greatest laws of God are these – to love the Lord your God with all your heart…and then He told him to love your neighbor as yourself. This would naturally mean God comes before all others. He comes before your kids, spouse, friends, and even yourself.
We originally posted this Mormon Dilemma in 2012. We prayed then, as we’re still doing today, for the Mormon people to stop and think about what they’re doing, and whom they are worshiping.
It makes no sense to say you shouldn’t worship God, nor does it make sense to honor man when they make derogatory comments about our Lord as Mr. Bennion has done here.
In case you’re unaware, Lowell Bennion (1908-1996) was a University of Utah Professor, and a prolific author. After leaving his post of teaching, he founded a boys ranch in Utah, and wrote extensively on his view of what it meant to be a Christian. He also founded the first homeless shelter, and food bank in Utah.
While he was great at serving others, he fell way short on true service to the Lord. Mr. Bennion is something of a folk hero to many residents in Utah. The number of books written about him rival those he authored in his long life.
The bottom line is real simple – if I can’t humble myself to adore God, then I’m in big trouble. May Jesus have mercy on these people!
With Love in Christ;