It is tragic that we can read a verse saying:
Alma 48:17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.
and yet exalt all the opposites of Captain Moroni’s traits as Christlike living and spirituality and condemn anything that represents the way Captain Moroni lived as being unchristlike.
Can living so that the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men possibly be unchristlike? Doesn’t every good thing come from Christ? And is it not good for the devil to have no power over the hearts of men?
Tragically, even if we acknowledge the plain meaning of the verse, we privately consider it heresy to believe and live it, and think in our hearts it is the very antithesis of following Christ.
Our picture of Christ seems limited to a small part of what we read in his mortal life, and to cast out many of his own words in mortality, as well as such plain teachings as, say, his actual words in Moroni 8, his words in the old testament, and his words in the doctrine and covenants. When we reject 90% of what Christ has said personally in preference to our favorite 10% in order to understand who he is can we at least acknowledge our own bias?
Joseph Smith wrote: “Some of the company thought I was not a very meek Prophet; so I told them: ‘I am meek and lowly in heart,’ and will personify Jesus for a moment, to illustrate the principle, and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Woe unto you, ye doctors; woe unto you, ye lawyers; woe unto you, ye scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites!'”
How can we be so wrapped up in our nonjudgemental inclusive political correctness that we can still read this verse about Captain Moroni and not immediately conclude that it is really true: that if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever and that the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.
In the millennium the devil will be bound by the righteousness of the people. Will it be a day when everyone acts the way a wicked world claims that Christ behaved, or will it be a day when men finally learn to live so the devil will not have power over the hearts of the children of men as Captain Moroni lived?