Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, David O. McKay
You are not just a cog in the wheel of the state. To be such I think is the greatest danger in the world today, and I find some in our Church who rather favor that.
They think the state is our protector. It isn’t. The state as a servant, is here to protect you in your work, on your farm and in your business, and to see that justice is administered, and you have a right to that protection.
The state has not anything that you do not give it.
The government has no means but that which you give it, and we give it to the government so that it will protect each individual in his right. That is a fundamental principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Source: David O. McKay. LDS Church News, 28 November 1951. David O. McKay (1873-1970) served as Ninth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Called Unto Liberty is a project of Steve Farrell and The Moral Liberal.