When the Church Must Speak Out on Political Matters

Called Unto Liberty, J. Reuben Clark Jr., 20th Century Sermons

We must have in mind a skeleton of the facts that make up our problem even if they shall concern themselves with what we are now terming politics. Because today government has touched our daily fives so intimately in all their relationships, and all these governmental touchings have been so tabbed as political, that we cannot discuss anything relating to our material welfare and existence without laying ourselves liable to the charge that we are talking politics. Yet, where any matter touched by the State has to do with our spiritual welfare, our religion, the Church (meaning all churches) not only may but must be concerned. For as the Church may not interfere with the State, so the State may not interfere with the Church, subject to certain limitations.

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Source: J. Reuben Clark Jr. LDS Church News, June 16, 1945. J. Reuben Clark Jr. (1871–1961), served as a mem­ber of the First Pres­i­dency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1931–1961. Prior to his full-time church ser­vice he was assis­tant solic­i­tor to the State Depart­ment, worked in the Attor­ney General’s office, Under Sec­re­tary of State, the author of the clas­sic study, the “Clark Mem­o­ran­dum on the Mon­roe Doc­trine” and U.S. ambas­sador to Mex­ico. Among those who knew his work best, J. Reuben Clark was rec­og­nized as the fore­most con­sti­tu­tional scholar of the 20th Century.