Offended Forehead Marks
Posted by Sterling on October 9, 2007
I don’t know if any of you guys have caught on the to Beck debates. I usually don’t follow that type of thing on the “Femenine” Mormon blogs, but I thought a lot of these were out of control. President Beck is the Relief Society President. She spoke on Sunday afternoon. For you chauvinists that got up to scratch yourselves and visit the jon during her talk, she had the audacity to quote the prophets, encourage child bearing, discourge materialism, teach old-fashioned virtues, and encourage women to “be the best”. Needless to say, this stirred the pot.
Some comments and posts I think are insightful, others are just ravenous wolves coming out of the woodwork.
I don’t think any type of instruction incites fire and rage like discussing women’s roles over the pulpit.
I’ll admit, I’m astounded by the fact that people are so willing to mark themselves as “offended” by instructions from Church leaders.
The term offense is used many times in the scriptures and not in a positive way.
“And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Matt. 11:6
“Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” Matt. 18:7
“Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” Matt. 13:21
“And if they right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matt. 5:29
“unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” 1 Pet. 2:7,8
“And wo to him by whom this offense cometh, for it had been better for him that he had been drowned in the depth of the sea.” D. & C. 55:5
Knowing how the Lord uses the term “offense” I am surprised how readily people label themselves as offended. Does this remind anybody else of the Amlicites marking their foreheads “Now the Amlicites knew not that they were fulfilling the words of God when they began to mark themselves in their foreheads; nevertheless they had come out in open rebellion against God; therefore it was epedient that the curse should fall upon them.” Alma 3:18
It’s one thing to have a hard time with the doctrines of a talk, or to have to work hard to try to understand it, gain a testimony of it’s doctrines, and apply them to your life. If I diagreed with a talk from General Conference, I’d decide I needed to repent and keep it to myself, perhaps only disclosing my struggles with people I trust, and then only for support and counsel to overcome by own stubborness. I find it a personal rule that if I disagree with a General Authority, it isn’t because the General Authority is in the wrong, but vice versa. The high mindedness to discount a talk as “disappointing”, “misguided”, or “inapplicable” is fantastic for a Latter-Day Saint, even more so in a public forum.
Now I imagine these marking comments are only a small, outspoken minority and that with time, cooler heads will prevail. I should probably be more empathetic of the plight and tribulations involved with being a modern LDS woman. When compared to everybody else, they do have it hard. Nobody has it harder than those the Lord has blessed with the truths taught by the restored gospel.
Posters and commentors might with time be embarrased by what they wrote or thought. Heck, they might even repent. But, to label yourselves as “offended”, that’s remarkable.