Pendulum Balance

[Back to Home Page]

Faith Based Warnings Against the Tyranny of Man

We go to great lengths to separate church and state, for good reason. Some religions throughout history have been the greatest source of tyranny, oppression, and unrighteous dominion. Freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights and to be governed by a religious influence would destroy that basic right of agency. But, that does not mean we should separate the integrity and ethics taught by our various forms of faith from matters of state. The reason most people are drawn to religion is a fundamental human hunger for decency, a moral code, to treat each other, and to be treated by others, fairly and with goodness. This is to counter to the darker human hunger for control, oppression, and domination of fellow man. There are great lessons to be learned from many religions about the fallibility and injustice of men, and the essential need to treat each with decency.

These are references that mean a great deal to me and very much influence my view on how I want to be governed:

  • "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12
    • This "Golden Rule" is the most universal principle of human decency and righteous governance. Every religion or creed of peace has a version of this fundamental rule. If every elected official truly embraced this, there would be no unrighteous dominion. But to truly do this requires empathy, sincerely seeking to understand the plight of the person who's life, liberty, and property they control. It requires kindness, restraint, and humility. This is the essence of the quote "The chains with which we bind our neighbor will someday bind us." It is so easy to carelessly cause harm to another through oppressive governance. But, if the roles were reversed, imagine how you would not want to be treated that way.
  • "Now it is better that a man should be judged of God than of man, for the judgments of God are always just, but the judgments of man are not always just." Mosiah 29:12
    • Know and beware the fallibility of men. Consider the harm you my cause before you judge unjustly.
  • "For behold, how much iniquity doth one wicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!" Mosiah 29:17
    • Elected officials who adopt an inflated sense of authority and dominion move toward the "king complex" believing their authority is more than it really is, their judgement is wiser than it really is, and their opinion matters more than it really does. Unwise kings and council members can do grave harm.
  • "We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion." D&C 121:39 (Unrighteous Dominion)
  • "Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil." D&C 98:9-10
  • "I seek not for power but to pull it down." Captain Moroni, Alma 60:36
  • "Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him." Genesis 4:8.
    • The desire to have power over another, or to take from another goes back to the beginning of mankind. Cain killed Abel so he could take his stuff and increase his power among men

 

Pendulum Jail for Morrison

Graphic: The Balanced Pendulum of
Government Control
(PDF Version)

"Still Mine" Movie: The Proper and
Balanced Role of Government

 

Jason Barney | jason@jasonbarney.com | 480-818-2000 | Back to Home Page