A recent comment on the “Jesus was a Polygamist?” post justified the reason I keep the comments open there. It was everything I would hope a teenage girl in Utah would say in response. It was the good laugh I was looking for.
But I think it brings up another issue. If you heard someone say these things in your Sunday School class or Bible study, how would you respond? Would you start correcting the number of misstatements? Would you let her go on about her way in blissful ignorance? Some of this information is just her own unfamiliarity with the subject. Other parts of it are clearly things that some oneelse is feeding her.
And for the record, I don’t think this is just about “the problem with Mormonism”. It’s fair to surmise that some Evangelical teenager is capable of making a similarly uniformed comment.
Here is the comment in question:
I personely love this picture. I never thought of polygamy when I saw it. I always thought of how Jesus loved the youth and children. Now the rose… if you do your research you’ll notice that the rose in the painting is yellow/gold. With the young women values the color of gold represents virtue and yellow represents good works. Also I don’t see loving looks on their faces, but yearning looks, looks yearning for knowledge. The womens’ postures are either representing their love of the lord, like how Mary Magdeline and her sister loved the lord, and how he is our older brother, or the artist just put them that way not thinking of the can of worms it would open up. With the polygamy thing and Brigham Young, wasn’t it Brigham Young that stopped polygamy. Also polygamy with the early saints was just a way to help the women because this is the early to mid 1800s we’re talking about when women had pretty much no rights so they couldn’t own land, get a job, and do many other things women can do today. In the 1800s women couldn’t really survive without a husband, and their husbands were killed just because of their religion, just because they were mormon. So just drop the mormon polygamy thing already. Those were special circumstances and now women can provide for themselves without a husband, so there is no need.
Perhaps you can craft a response to her in the comment section below.