Traditions of Our Fathers Pt 4

Being Zion

Part 4 of 7

Enoch Had No Coercive Power 

Enoch preached as he was commanded to do by the Lord. Some believed and more didn't. The Lord will only deliver us if we are deliverable, as in repentant, humble, and meek, meaning teachable. “Numbers matter to man, but the hearts of men matter to the Lord.” (Denver Snuffer, from The Doctrine of Christ, a talk given in Boise, Idaho, Sept. 11, 2016)

"And so great was the faith of Enoch that he led the people of God..." (Moses 7:13) 

Enoch was not John Wayne, but more like a geek coder. He was the scribe. He kept the records. He would rather think, ponder, and analyze, than preach. Enoch was, decidedly not a strong-man, in the organizational sense. 

Enoch simply spoke the words of the Lord. Simply but sharply, with precision and accuracy so there would be no mistaking what the Lord was commanding. People were left to decide whether this was a wild man or a prophet of God. Enough followed with Enoch to gather into a small city. No coercion. Only an invitation. 

"And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them." (Moses 7:18)

This does not happen with force. It happens when people recognize and then follow the Lord's will. When a society strives to follow the list, the Lord is able to teach even finer Christlike behavior. 

Melchizedek: The Second Example 

"Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness...having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch,

"It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;

"And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will, unto as many as believed on his name." (JST, Gen 14:26-29)

"And his people wrought righteousness, and obtained heaven, and sought for the city of Enoch which God had before taken, separating it from the earth, having reserved it unto the latter days, or the end of the world;" (JST, Gen 14:34)

Twice this has happened here, that is commonly known. Zion happens when God instructs a man to preach a sermon of repentance to ordinarily wicked people. (Wicked being any unChristlike behavior so this includes, well, people like us. The bar is high but the coach is superb!)

The sermon is preached and some respond and many don't. Those who respond gather together and soon you have a community. By soon, we may be talking about 100 years. Who knows? These two Zion societies were extraordinary, however long they took to form. Oh yes, they both had "rulers." They were the best of examples. The most accurate measures of all the attributes on our list. 

There was no coercion, and an entire people were able to produce individual, organizational, and societal righteousness. They did it together, horizontally, as equals, blending time and talents to create an infinitely flexible and productive society. And not horizontal, as in a single expanding plane. More like theater-in-the-round. We comprise circles around the center. The Savior is at the center. We all have equal access to Him.

A circle, or sphere, is the strongest form in nature, under the right circumstances. Every element, being equidistant from the center, stands together as an impenetrable barrier to the evil one. We cannot depend on Christ to be that barrier. We must accomplish that. He teaches. We learn and perform according to His plan, and by so doing, strengthen our individual and collective sphere of protection.

We chain and bind Satan and make him a non-issue, by our recognition of, and inattention to, his temptations. To learn this, is a primary task of mortality. The Lord cannot accomplish this for us. Nor can He learn algebra for us. 

"Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given;" (D&C 46:8)

"And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things." (D&C 88:67)

Imagine, (I love that word), an entire society of people living in this way; striving for these things. In such an environment, we will realize more fluid organizations, with adaptability and effectiveness. At the same time, it will be messy and inconvenient for those who cannot leave behind the trappings of hearts set upon the things of this world, and aspirations to the honors of men. Such will not find it satisfying.

"Those who are comfortable with the way things are in this world will not be at ease in the spirit world." (TheNorthStarChronicle.com)

What we are attempting to create is a spiritual environment in mortality; a daunting task, to be sure. Daunting because we are swimming upstream in a world of aspirations and pressure.

Let's talk, for a moment about pressure, or the exertion of force applied in some way. In the most basic sense, if you push something, it will either push back, or retreat. The former is a fight. And no one wins a fight. The latter, pushes away a potential friend.  Both are losing propositions.

To quote, arguably, the best movie line, (from War Games), ever written: "The only winning move is not to play." Pressure is ineffective as an organizational tactic. Its inefficiency wastes human fuel. A more fuel-efficient organizational structure instead, uses persuasion, long-suffering, and love, unfeigned. This is unthinkable to our modern society. As unthinkable as the young and elderly couples simply swapping homes, because they were needed. Of course, no one told you that both homes had been given to each couple, years before, by others needing a change. No pressure for higher prices from Babylon. Only gratitude for the opportunity to help where it was needed and circumstances allowed it.

Essentially, you create a vacuum, completely devoid of pressure and let nature take its course. You've heard that nature abhors a vacuum. For our purposes, the vacuum consists of the absence of any authoritative pushing. Authority of leadership is responsibility to teach. Nothing more. An effective ruler uses persuasion and personal example. No pushing.

Once again, because of its importance, I repeat the Lord's list. Allow every item to sink deep into ponder, and taste the sweetness of the message. This is the very definition of strength.

"The decisions of these quorums, or either of them, are to be made in all righteousness, in holiness, and lowliness of heart, meekness and long-suffering, and in faith, and virtue, and knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity;

"Because the promise is, if these things abound in them they shall not be unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord." (D&C 107:30)

How can we possibly succeed if we are not this kind of a people? Is there any path to success that does not require "...the knowledge of the Lord?" Would this kind of a people "spiritually vibrate" more in tune with the Mind of God and, therefore, receive revelation with less of the static of Babylon obfuscating the messages? Out on the fringes of theoretical physics lies several attempts to explain the "why" of everything. In that path we find "dark matter" in places we thought was "stuff-less." And string theory, describing an interdimensional structure of vibrational interconnectedness.

Could it be that they are skirting around the crumbs of the Mind of God? Does a vast spiritual grid exist that connects us all with God and all knowledge? Could this be what the Lord describes as the Holy Ghost? If so, there goes another false tradition that the Holy Ghost is a person assigned to a task. Rather, is the Holy Ghost a database, power source, and connection medium?

"Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment." (Moses 6:61)

Is it possible that as we live as the Lord commands in D&C 107:30, our spiritual resonances become in tune with "...that which quickeneth all things..." and we gain abundant light and truth directly from the Mind of God? Imagine ten or a hundred people, each working with others where the only goal was mutual success and a desire to please God? Justice becomes the order of the day and mercy is unnecessary as the Mind of God tutors us at every moment.

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