License Cleverly Posing as Liberty – Neal A. Maxwell

neal a. maxwellCALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS

Today, lust openly parades as love, license cleverly poses as liberty, and raucous sounds mockingly masquerade as music. Evil even calls itself good and often gets away with it!

While I would not shrink the circumference of freedom, the size of that circle is not the sole measure of social well-being.

Hence, to exult, as some do, over how much decadence is permissible at the edges ignores the erosive effects of such grossness upon all within that circle. Yeats’s descriptive imagery fits:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
(William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming,” st. 1.)


Source: Neil A. Maxwell, “Behold the Enemy is Combined,” Conference Reports, April 1993. Neil A. Maxwell served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1981 until his death in 2004.


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