Prostituting and Politicizing The Abundant Life

Prophet Statesmen, Harold B. Lee

The abundant life, for example, as the prophets of every dispensation have taught it, was a term used to refer to the living of a Christ-like life of service and sacrifice, the forgetting of oneself into immortality. But today that term has become “politicalized,” if there is such a word, and prostituted by politicians into what I fear has become something of a national ideal of comfort and ease reflected in each political era by such slogans as: “the full dinner pail;” “ham and eggs Thursday;” “two chickens in every pot;” “two cars in every garage;” “a pint of milk a day for the whole world,” etc.

The abundant life in other words, to many has come to mean simply getting more and more for less and less.

Source: Harold B. Lee. LDS Church News, June 6, 1951. Harold B. Lee (1899-1973) served as 11th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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