The World’s Greatest Need

Called Unto Liberty, David O. McKay: 1962, 20th Century Sermons

Undoubtedly we are living in one of the most epoch-making periods of the world. It is a time that demands clear thinking and sound judgment. It is not strange that the majority of men and women in this nuclear age are unhappy because they feel the foundations beneath them are tottering.

Notwithstanding all our achievements, social unrest was never more pronounced than it is today. We are living in an age of shifting opinions, of swiftly changing human relations. Man’s wisdom is baffled. Obviously, there never was a greater need for anchorage to fixed principles and never-changing truths. Men are in need of a safe pilot to serve as a guide over the troubled and turbulent waters through which we are now sailing. …

The world needs fundamentals, eternal verities that never change. It needs to adopt the teachings of the One into whose hands the soldiers drove the iron spikes, “the only world- conqueror who came with clean hands,” from whom down through the centuries have come these assuring words: “… I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Never before in the history of the world has there been such a need as today for spiritual awakening …

Jesus taught that men and women fail to live truly, and they really amount to nothing unless they have spirituality. The spiritual force underlies everything, and without it nothing worthwhile can be accomplished. Spiritual needs can be met only by spiritual means. All governments, laws, methods, and organizations are of little value unless men and women are filled with truth, righteousness, and mercy. Material things have no power to raise the sunken spirit. The inventions of this modern age have produced great forces, but they are all powerless to change the motives of men and women. The wealth of the world cannot heal a broken heart, and the wisdom of all our universities cannot turn into the paths of righteousness a wayward soul. Men can be born again only through religion.


Source: David O. McKay. Instructor Magazine, 1962, 97-1.  David O. McKay (1873–1970), served as Ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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