Agency Is the Source of Liberty

May 6, 2011 Posted by zachary

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

These are the words that begin the Libertarian Platform. The words describe the ideal of everything it means to be a Libertarian. We are free to live our own lives and govern what we do within it.

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons as we are commonly called, we have a very similar belief.

“Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; … And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil;” (2 Nephi 2:27 The Book of Mormon)

The Prophet Nephi is expressing the power of agency that God has bestowed upon man. He gave us this ability to choose our own path whether it leads to life or to death. This agency is the basis of the Mormon faith.

As Mormons, the ability to choose for ourselves is something that is worth fighting to defend. It is so important to the path of mankind that a war was fought before this life to preserve it.

“Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down” (Moses 4:3 Pearl of Great Price)

“And there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven … he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9 Bible)

Here was see that those who seek to destroy the agency of man have no place in heaven. As Mormons we should be celebrating and embracing the agency provided by not only our God but also the Constitution of the United States. To do otherwise is to follow the path that Satan himself has laid forth.

As a Mormon we have no right to limit the freedom and agency of man through the use of force or law. Indeed we should follow the wisdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith who proclaimed, “I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.”

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