The Devil's Freedoms — Harold B. Lee

Prophet Statesmen, Harold B. Lee

Some time, if you would have a stimulating mental exercise, sit down and carefully analyze the full implications of those vaunted “four freedoms” about which so much is said today. If you examine literally two of them, absolute freedom from all fear, and absolute freedom from all want, (1) you may find yourselves not far from the principle for which a third of the spirits of heaven contended. After a long struggle they were rejected to a place on this earth, where they could make a second stand in an attempt to destroy human agency and the right of individual struggle and effort.

Remember, if you will, the wisdom from the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; blessed are the poor in spirit.” And on another occasion “Fear God and give glory to Him.” Would you wish to have men freed from such wants and such fears?

Excerpt from Harold B. Lee’s June 6, 1951 Church News editorial. Harold B. Lee (1899-1973) served as 11th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Footnotes
1. President Lee is referring back to FDR’s January 6, 1941 Address to Congress, wherein he outlined “Four Freedoms:” The first two, freedom of speech and freedom of worship were those of America’s Founding Generation, and were and are from God; the latter two, freedom from want and fear, were not.