Rudderless Mariners - Libertarian Philosophy vs. Inspired Leadership
James Bradford Smith
An examination of the popular fallacy which teaches that the Restored Gospel is compatible with any one particular earthly political ideology.
Author, James Bradford Smith book does not suggest that one cannot be a Mormon and a Democrat, or a Libertarian and a Mormon or even a Republican and a Mormon. Rather, Smith submits that at some point everyone has to choose which platform or philosophy he or she most closely adheres to and in order to do that well one most have at least a modicum of awareness regarding the various historical positions of the Church on such matters.
Smith clarifies that the goals of modern politics are vastly different from the eternal goals set forth in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "It is very difficult to have an eye single to the glory of God if you are dividing and compartmentalizing your efforts between Him and your chosen political party."
Few issues illustrate the expansive divide between temporal allegiances and divine leadership than the realm of moral social issues. In recent years, large numbers of Latter-Day Saints have adopted a view that--due to government overreach--the best solution is to migrate toward a position of libertarianism which generally advocates for a society with a small government as compared to most present day societies, or no government whatsoever.
To many Latter-Day Saints, such a view seems to harmonize with their desire for smaller, less-intrusive government and therefore a society in which religion can be practiced more freely. This is, however, a
slippery slope that must be carefully navigated by all those who would emotionally adopt such a label.