Russell Stevenson proclaimed on a Radio West interview last year that the priesthood and temple ban on black church members lasted so long because church members were as much to blame as church leaders. I was one of the first to dismiss his idea. As I’ve had time to think about it, I’m beginning to think that he might be on to something.
I am beginning to believe that church leaders only give revelation when the members want it. When the Manifesto was received (Official Declaration 1), in part because many LDS members were tired of going to jail. Official Declaration 2 was received after boycotts from the NAACP, as well as some internal discussions. Currently, the LDS Church has justified the exclusion of women from the priesthood precisely because a 2011 Pew Research study claimed “90 percent [of women] opposed the ordination of women to the priesthood“. President Hinckley stated in an interview that women weren’t “agitating” for the priesthood. Well, what happens if women change their minds and start agitating? Does that mean a revelation would be more imminent?
Yesterday in priesthood, someone mentioned that if a revelation was received, he would support it. Until then, we should not agitate. But as I stated in a previous post, nearly all revelation comes from agitation. In fact, I can’t think of very many cases (except where God is correcting someone like Paul or Alma) in which a revelation was received that wasn’t agitated for. Can you think of any?