I’d like to start a new feature showcasing stuff I read in the scriptures and getting your opinions on what the heck you think it means. Hope you like it. I just read D&C 88 and ran across an interesting passage we’ve all heard/read before in vv. 64 and 65 that begs the question: What’s expedient?
First of all, here’s what it says:
Expediency. The definition of “expediency” is: 1. fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances. or 2. conducive to advantage or interest. Expediency is a big JS word. It appears 52 times in the BOM and 27 times in the D&C. It only appears 7 times in other scripture: John uses it 3 times and Paul uses it 4 times.
Do people pray for things that they don’t think are expedient? Don’t they ask for something because they think it’s what they need? So, is this a caution against being too specific in what you ask for? Or against misunderstanding what’s proper under the circumstances or advantageous to you? Doesn’t that notion contradict this one:
Luke 11: 11-13: 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give athe Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
- Is something expedient for some people and not for others? Can I ask for something and get it, but if you ask for it, it will turn unto your condemnation?
- How expedient is expedient? What if something is kind of expedient, but then the time has just passed? (Like OC translating was no longer expedient, “Sorry time’s up, thank you for playing.”)
Condemnation. This doesn’t specify whether you will get it or not if it’s not expedient, just that it will be for your condemnation.
- Does that mean that if God doesn’t give you what you asked for (I keep picturing a vending machine), that it wasn’t expedient and now you’d better duck because condemnation is coming? Can nothing happening or just not getting it be the “condemnation”?
Does God ever give you the thing that wasn’t expedient, and him giving it to you is in fact how it turns to your condemnation? (An ironic twist – that’s how it works on Fairly Oddparents anyway).
- What kind of condemnation is this we’re talking about? Full-on raging condemnation or something mild that goes away with an over-the-counter salve?