Kingdom of God

Religious Disclaimer for page: This page contains LDS specific content. The original teachings of the Mormons (the teachings never changed) was to preserve freedom for all mankind (not just the Mormons), and many early leaders discussed seriously how to maintain that freedom, including discussions of what they called “the Kingdom of God”. This was simply seen as a serious discussion on the existing Christian concept of Christ’s kingdom on earth. This was understand to essentially be the United States, but only if the United States actually followed the constitution. This page is meant to aid in understanding how Utah’s forefathers took liberty and the freedom of others very seriously, and can be equally inspiring for non-Mormons as well.

In Alexis de Tocqueville’s ‘Democracy in America’ he explained the America was different and able to build a government that protected rights because, “every citizen.. is taught, the doctrines and the evidences of his religion.”(p289).

Christians have been praying, “Thy Kingdom come” for a millennia because they look forward to the government that will protect every person, every sect, and all people upon the face of the whole earth, in their legal rights. Every government has fallen short of this ideal while America was intended to be that ideal. As we better understand the principles taught about the “Kingdom of God”, the better we’ll be able to apply its principles.

 

“But with all its glory and greatness and perfection, it [the US Constitution] was only a steppingstone to a form of government infinitely greater and more perfect.” (Orson Pratt, JD 7:215)

The Kingdom of God when established will not be for the protection of [one church] alone, but for the protection of all men, whatever their religious views or opinions may be. Under its rule, no one will be permitted to overstep the proper bounds or to interfere with the rights of others.” (George Q. Cannon, JD 6:342)

[The Kingdom of God] will throw their protecting arms around the whole human family, protecting them in their rights. If they wish to worship a white dog, they will have the privilege, if they wish to worship the sun, they will have the privilege, if they wish to worship a man they will have the privilege, if they wish to worship the “unknown God” they will have the privilege. This kingdom will circumscribe them all and will issue laws and ordinances to protect them in their rights – every right that every people, sect and person can enjoy, and the full liberty that God has granted to them without molestation.” (Brigham Young, JD 7:382)

 

 

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