Inspired by our trip to the Musical, "Fiddler on the Roof", earlier this week, a quote by Elder Oaks:
I love the musical and motion picture Fiddler on the Roof. There a wonderful Jewish father sings “If I Were a Rich Man.” His memorable prayer concludes with this pleading question:
Lord, who made the lion and the lamb,
You decreed I should be what I am;
Would it spoil some vast eternal plan,
If I were a wealthy man?
(Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick )
Yes, Tevye, it might. Let us give thanks for what we are and for the circumstances God has given us for our personal journey through mortality.
Yes, Elder Oaks, and its awfully easy to sit in the Church Office Building and demand that Tevye keep paying his measely kopeks to pad your lifestyle as a church celebrity, refusing to provide him with "eternal ordinances" if he doesn't pay those kopeks, telling him he will lose his family for eternity. Here is another example of the church encouraging complacency with life, rather than trying to change things for the better.