“I wish to urge upon the Saints … to understand men and women as they are, and not understand them as you are.”6“How often it is said—‘Such a person has done wrong, and he cannot be a Saint.’ … We hear some swear and lie … [or] break the Sabbath. … Do not judge such persons, for you do not know the design of the Lord concerning them. … [Rather,] bear with them.
[6.Brigham Young, in Journal of Discourses, 8:37, and in Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1954), 278 as edited and quoted in the Sunday Afternoon October General Conference).
Can any one of you imagine our Savior letting you and your burdens go unnoticed by Him? The Savior looked upon the Samaritan, the adulterer, the tax collector, the leper, the mentally ill, and the sinner with the same eyes.
All were children of His Father.
All were redeemable.Can you imagine Him turning away from someone with doubts about their place in God’s kingdom or from anyone afflicted in any manner?8 I cannot. In the eyes of Christ, each soul is of infinite worth. No one is preordained to fail. Eternal life is possible for all.
Elder Robert C. Gay, Of the Presidency of the Seventy, Sunday Afternoon October General Conference.
The context of the quotes is that of Elder Gay talking about the experience of being severely rebuked by the Spirit of God for judging his sister.
Elder Gay took the experience of being rebuked, and the quotes, to ask the question of how do we take upon ourselves the name of Christ — and to expand upon seeing others as God sees them, with love and care and then by serving them in kindness and humility – by “ministering to all regardless of where or how they stand.”
In addition to talking about ministering to all, regardless of what are petty things in the eyes of God compared to their eternal worth as God’s children, Elder Gay called on us to trust God.
I found it interesting that other than tell us to have the perspective and understanding knowing that God values and loves others who are not like us and we should do to cherish them, there was little in his talk about knowing and a good deal about loving, acting and serving.
Since taking upon ourselves the name of Christ is so important, I have some questions for our readers:·
- How do you think we should take upon us the name of Christ?·
- Whom should we reject and whom should we accept?·
- How much does God want of our knowledge vs. our trust?·
- How important is acting to care for others over having the right thoughts?·
- How is “be kind” a good summation of seeing others as Christ sees them, serving as he served and trusting in Christ?·
- Do love and trust make you grateful?
- What other question should I have asked?