It has been awhile since this 5-minute video was posted at its Deseret Book website, but it has recently been making some waves in the blogosphere. In this Q&A with a Mormon apostle, a young LDS boy asks David Bednar, “If you, like, stop reading the scriptures, what is the best way, how is the best way, to get back into reading them?” Dr. Bednar takes this opportunity to provide an object lesson for his audience.
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I am troubled by this video.
Maybe it’s my mother’s heart that makes me feel sorry for the little boy as he struggles to hold back his tears.
Maybe it’s the way Dr. Bednar’s illustration feels like a threat, similar to a misguided parent who tells her child, “If you get out of bed the boogeyman will get you!”
Maybe it’s the way the lesson communicates to the little boy that he will never be safe.
Maybe it’s Dr. Bednar’s implied message that if a person makes a “mistake” and crosses the line there is no way back.
Maybe it’s the bottom-line Mormon teaching that staying on the Lord’s side is 100% about behavior and 0% about Jesus or the Holy Spirit.
Maybe it’s Dr. Bednar’s total neglect of any mention of God’s love and mercy — the one thing that would comfort this frightened little boy, and the one thing that everyone needs most of all (Titus 3:3-7).
I am troubled by this video. What do you think of it?