Sterling Sill was a member of the Quorum of the Seventy "back in the day." He was known for being a prolific writer. In his book "That Ye Might Have Life" are several quotes that I find relevant to our world, to politics, and to the LDS blogging experience. Our recent flare up with the bloggernacle over my Obama - temple worthiness post has exposed some interesting aspects of modern human behavior.
There are many individuals who worship in a wide variety of ways. And when I mean worship, I am not speaking of a dedication to God and his church, but to the worship of the various influences we all allow in our lives each and everyday. To this point, Sterling Sill wrote, "As we honor our heroes, we tend to build their great qualities into ourselves." I ask, based on those who support abortion, are permissive to promiscuous and sinful lifestyles, or find benefit in degrading or downplaying the words of inspired but imperfect leaders, who are your heroes? What qualities are being internalized thus demonstrating who your heroes really are?
The next thought came as I realized how many people have apostatized from the church recently due to the influence of fault finding with the brethren on issues that might be socially unpopular. Arguments in the world and in the blogosphere are rarely kind towards the brethren. From Olberman calling Elder Oaks one of the worse people in the world, to liberally minded individuals siding with the world and opposing the church on the stance of Same Sex Marriages, many are demonstrating a lack of faith in the Lord's anointed.
To those that consider my commentary to be a confession of blind obedience I say, "Thank you." It was Christ who said to Thomas the apostle after his resurrection, "blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." Then it was Alma who was preaching to the humble on faith in Alma 32 verse 21 that said, "And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." Being blind does not imply that we are ignorant, nor is it a sign of weakness. In fact the Lord himself said that it is an act of faith to follow truth even before we have a full knowledge of it. In time the Lord blesses us with a more complete testimony of truth.
Sterling Sill made this statement that I believe separates a great many in the world of blogging and in the world at large when he wrote, "It was a very fortunate man who said that he not only obeyed God, but that he also agreed with him."