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Turn the Other Cheek

Posted - Apr. 2, 2004 at 12:53 p.m.



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In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ spoke of loving one’s enemies. “Do good to them that hate you,” was his counsel. “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”

KSL believes the advice is worth heeding, especially for Latter-day Saint conference goers this weekend who may encounter the obnoxious and decidedly unchristian conduct of so-called and self-proclaimed street preachers.

During last October’s General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the street preachers, you’ll recall, provoked several unfortunate confrontations. It resulted in the arrest of at least two conference attendees.

Because of “increased concerns about public safety” this conference, Salt Lake City officials have made some adjustments to where “speech activities” will be allowed. Some modest physical buffers may be in place and the Police Department plans to increase the number of officers assigned to the area.

Isn’t it unfortunate it has come to this, that throngs of individuals from throughout the world en route to a worship service must encounter the taunting of others?

Regardless, as loud and boisterous and insufferable as the street preachers antics become, the best policy, still, is the Christian approach of turning the other cheek and quietly passing by.

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