Re "Mormon stake president gets political at church, laments election results" (Tribune, Feb. 22):
In response to the report about a political sermon preached by Stake President Matthew DeVisser, I say we all have moments when we feel the world is going to hell in a handbasket. I definitely have times when I've lost hope in my society.
The only difference is that I don't claim a direct line to omnipotence, and I definitely wouldn't be cruel enough to bind my congregation's salvation to being Republican or holding a narrow worldview.
The thing that makes this incident so depraved is that DeVisser spoke many truths. But they're intermingled with the obvious failings of a man who is fed up and not going to take it anymore.
Claiming that God speaks in terms of Fox News is hardly being enlightened by a higher power. This is nothing more than a form of activism, a literal bullying from the pulpit. Mormons refer to it as "unrighteous dominion."
DeVisser should ask for forgiveness from his people for selfishly using a position of power to vent his frustrations through a masquerade of godly endowment.