I’ve been thinking lately about the admonition to “stand in holy places,” partly because of Elder Rasband’s tweet a couple weeks ago:
We live in a difficult world. Standing in holy places—such as our homes, sacrament meetings, and temples—will strengthen us to endure.
— Ronald A. Rasband (@RonaldARasband) June 12, 2016
Standing in holy places is completely sensible and spiritually healthy. I agree with Elder Rasband that I need regular spiritual recharging by standing in those places.
What I’ve been wondering is, where else should we be standing? That tweet made an impression on me because I think, based on timing, that it was posted in response to the Orlando attack. As I ponder the connection between the divine principle, the tragic circumstance, and what I believe to be true about the Savior’s life, I’m led to all kinds of questions. They aren’t rhetorical; I’m trying to actually imagine answers to them:
- How literal are the New Testament accounts of Jesus cavorting with publicans and sinners?
- With whom would He be associating if He were here today?
- I think the answer is the poor, the oppressed, and the outcasts—who are those people in today’s world? (Trying to imagine this on a local level, in my own community.)
- Would He go to social gatherings and parties, like He did before?
- What would those be like?
- Would He still function as the world’s best sommelier?
- His own religious community scolded Him for hanging out with specific types of people in specific types of places. Would we do the same for particular people/places?
- And should we be seeking to emulate that example?
I would love to read your comments and thoughts on this…