I am constantly reminded that milk comes before the meat. Attending church in the capital of Mormonism, you’d think that, for 138 years that the saints have arrived in Utah, we’ve had so much milk that we’ve become lactose intolerant. Christ offers the kind of water and meat, that if we choose to drink and eat, we will never thirst or hunger. What do we sacrifice in exchange for continuing to partake of milk, while rejecting the meat?
Elder’s Quorum: Two Sunday’s ago I was refused the opportunity to teach on the Sunday I was scheduled to teach. In fact I am removed from the teaching rotation, and left only to be a substitute. It seems to have become a bit of a controversy, as there have been complaints from quorum members, for refusing my being able to teach. I take it as a compliment, but the president of the quorum felt it necessary to announce to the body of the quorum that, “the reason Robert is not able to instruct the elder’s quorum is because he is not an elder, he is a high priest. For this reason he is not allowed to be called as a teacher for the quorum.”
While I think that the guy just made up the rule, I got used to playing those games as a kid, growing up. All it means is that they needed to find an excuse to “keep it milky.” The movie “Sound of Music” comes to mind: “How do you solve a problem like a-Rob-ert?” I might not be a Nun, but the comparison is interesting (but not the point).
The point I make is, how long can we go on breast feeding, before we need to start eating meat? What a weird idea, to think of adults breast-feeding (nasty). We are required to mature spiritually, to avoid sliding backwards. Many are asking questions, but refused real answers, and for this reason people are falling away at a quick rate. The milky answers aren’t sufficient to produce faith unto life and salvation. Our generation requires a foundation of Christ, meaning a personal relationship with Him, …an idea that if talked about too often can lead to getting you excommunicated, …even when supporting gay marriages is recently publicized as protected by the first presidency.
Christ is the only one who has ever offered living waters, and meat that satisfies all hunger. Prophets, Apostles, congregations, scouting awards, etc. has not the ability to give such water and meat. It is Christ that offers that. Yet, we busy ourselves with following the prophet, while forgetting to drink of living waters. When someone points this out, we tell them, “milk before the meat.”
Conclusion: We cannot go backwards. Denying the truth does not make it not true. Refusing to hear, does not mean the voice is not speaking. Refusing to see, does not mean others can’t see for themselves. The pioneers before us have gone as far as they will go. Let’s not knock them for their efforts. But we must go forward. Imua!