The Role of Religion and Government
- Governments play an essential role in protecting and maintaining religious freedom and in fostering the role of churches in society.
- A growing majority of countries now envision societies where religious beliefs and practices should be protected and safeguarded from persecution.
- As people of faith we should be thankful for such governmental protections.
The Essential Role of Religion
- Religion and morality play an essential role in maintaining and promoting good and effective government.
- Governments enforce the law written on the books, while religion teaches adherence to the law written in the heart (see Matthew 5:21−22).
- Good government protects religion, and good religion encourages good citizenship.
Make Your Voice Heard
- It is part of our religion to be good citizens wherever we live (see Handbook 2: Administering the Church, 21.1.29).
- When the Savior comes, the scepter of government and the power of the priesthood will be combined into one.
- Until then, religion and government must respect the other’s independence, while appreciating the other’s essential contribution.
- Dallin H. Oaks, “Strengthening the Free Exercise of Religion,” Mormon Newsroom.
- M. Russell Ballard, “Religion in a Free Society,” Ensign, Oct. 1992, 2.
- President Thomas S. Monson admonishes us to be good citizens.