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You Cannot Force Zion

I have been thinking lately of the “Perfect society”. I think of the movies and TV shows in which someone is taken from an imperfect world to a seemingly perfect one. I don’t know if you have seen anything like that but they never end up quite right. Here’s my reasoning as to why they are all failures. It’s forced. It’s fake. Here’s why that is bad. You CANNOT fake perfection. You CANNOT fake charity or politeness. You cannot and you should not. What is forced is not genuine and, therefore, will not last

Let me give you an example. Let’s say, there is a man who is walking down the sidewalk and he sees a beggar or a homeless man on the corner. Well, at this point this man does not feel like giving the homeless man any money or aid of any sort. Perhaps he is greedy. Perhaps he has never been taught charity. Well, what if I came up to this selfish man and pulled a gun on him, telling him that he must give the homeless man some aid. Sure, he might dish out a few bucks at that point in time, but does that really change the man’s perspective? Perhaps for a time. However, that change comes because of fear and fear fades. Eventually, this man will see yet another homeless man or beggar and will walk right by him.

Think, on the other hand, about what would happen if this man had been taught, and learned (Two different things) charity, the pure love of Christ. Maybe this man would help the homeless man with his next meal, find some more clothing, or simply be a friendly ear. He would do what he could. It is the simple concept that we have all heard: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” So it is with building a “Perfect society.” We will call it “Zion”

I believe that creating Zion can be possible. How? It will not be microchips that force us to do good, laws that demand it, or military force that compels cooperation. All of these things are man-made and, therefore, are flawed. There is but one way.

During Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, a lawyer came to Him and asked a question, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Then came Jesus’ reply, “…Thou shalt love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” What Jesus says next is very important to our topic today, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

I believe that one of the things Jesus is saying here is that if we truly love God and our fellowmen, there is no use for war, violence, homelessness, poverty, etc. If each one of us truly loved The Lord and our fellowmen, would there be any need for the commandments to not kill, lie, steal, cheat, or any of the other commandments we have been given? Would there be a need for a police station? If our number one desire was not for power, to get gain, or to gratify our pride, but instead was for the welfare of those around us as well as pleasing our God, we would not speak of Zion or a “Utopia” as a “What if?” It would be the natural consequence of our love.

My friends, I am still a very imperfect man. I still fail in the aspect of which I have written today. But it is my vision, my personal quest, to become a man who will bring this world one step closer to Zion. Care to join me?