A very popular hymn that I’m sure you are all familiar with is called “Do What is Right”. The chorus sums up the hymn well:
Do what is right; let the consequence follow.
Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrow.
God will protect you; then do what is right!LDS Hymns
We normally associate this with following some commandment, and then receiving ridicule or adverse consequence for doing what is right. For example, a person keeps the Sabbath day holy by not playing a championship sporting event on Sunday, and then receives the consequences of the team not winning. A young person walks out of a party when alcohol is served, and receives teasing from their piers. Or what about BYU doing what is “right” and not allowing gender affirming speech therapy for transsexual students, and then “letting the consequence follow”, and the school loses their speech pathology accreditation.
What if we flipped this, and the thing we do is right but then draws adverse consequences from the Church? One person decided to protect children (do what is right), and advocates for the ending of one-on-one child and youth interviews with church leaders. This person let the consequences follow, and was excommunicated from the Church.
Another example is advocating for women’s voices in the Church, or for LGBTQ rights. Let the consequence follow (shunning/excommunication).
What ways have you seen in the church where somebody did the right thing, but then was punished?