It is funny how our traditions so completely outweigh our scriptures in the minds of the people. We have many who are proud of their non-judgmentalism in the church. No one is so proud as the tolerant and loving these days. Even our faithful members quiver at the idea of judging. It doesn’t matter to them that the JST of Matthew 7 gives us that Christ’s intended meaning was not “Judge not” but rather a commandment not to judge unrighteously coupled with a commandment to judge righteous judgement. It doesn’t matter that we have the first third of Moroni 7 telling us how to judge righteously, spelling out just how to do that in all possible detail, as well as giving us the most dire warnings if we fail to do so.
We don’t care what those darn scriptures have to say about it, we have traditions and superstitions to uphold, darnit!
I can’t imagine what many of our members think the following verses are supposed to mean. Nor do I have any idea how they can keep the commandment given in them until they repent.
D&C 64:37 Behold, I, the Lord, have made my church in these last days like unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to judge the nations.
38 For it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion.
39 And liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.
But we will have to repent before we can do that work.
We must repent. How could it have possibly come to be among us that our traditions and superstitions “speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth”?