This election year, we have heard much about what some have claimed was their only choice between political candidates- the "lesser of two evils." Recently, we have also heard this rationalization applied to the full/naked body scanners that are being put in place at airports across the country. Some of you may have held this opinion yourselves: that it is not so bad to subject yourself to the "naked body scanner" because at least it is not as bad as being groped all over your entire body. This attitude is wrong.
We hope that once you have considered what the Lord and his prophets have said on these matters, you will be of a different mindset.
Both of the current TSA practices violate the principles of chastity and modesty. "I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women [and, we may add, men and children]. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts" (Jacob 2:28). Our bodies are sacred and should not be touched or displayed except under certain circumstances which always include our spouse and no one else. We have been given the principle of chastity to keep our bodies sacred. They are to remain covered when in public. "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them" (Genesis 3:21). See also Genesis 9:20-27, and TG Body, Sanctity of.
If we allow the government to dictate instances when the Law of Chastity is void, we are placing the government above God.
Joseph Smith once said, "I always stand by a correct principle, even if I stand alone in it."
We are given principles to help guide our decisions. These come to us in the form of scriptures, and the wise counsel of our living oracles. We must stand firm in our principles, even (and especially) when it becomes an inconvenience. This is the meaning of the phrase "endure to the end." This is also what Alma meant when he admonished us to "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death" (Mosiah 28:9). "Even until death" implies that we are to do what God would have us do, even when it means the alternative is unpleasant. See Job 13:15.
Unfortunately, Satan has learned that if he holds our wants and/or needs hostage, we will often choose to ignore the Lord's counsel in order to get them back. We may want or need to fly somewhere, for example. This is now being held hostage, and in order to get it back one must allow oneself to be seen and photographed unclothed, by a stranger, in direct violation of God's counsel, or opt out of that procedure and be physically molested by a stranger. OR stand firm in correct principles... and not fly. An unpleasant option in some cases, to be sure, but the correct one nonetheless.
The mistaken worldly concept of choosing the so-called "lesser of two evils" likewise negates the godly concept of principles. Neither of the options you will be presented with at the airport are acceptable to our Heavenly Father; therefore, neither of them should be considered by Latter-day Saints or other God-fearing individuals. Ever.
But, you may say, the TSA only requires these things for our safety! I ask you, then: Did Joseph violate the Law of Chastity with Potiphar's wife? Why not? It would have been in the interest of his safety to have done so (Pharaoh could easily have had him killed)! Instead, he stayed true to the principles by which he was raised, suffered for it at the hands of man, and was blessed for it at the hand of God.
We must do the same.
But, you may say, I have a funeral to attend and I can only get there by plane! "Jesus said... Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead" (Matthew 8:22). We must remember that our first priority is to follow the Savior, and His counsel takes precedence over the customs and traditions of men.
But, you may say, my family/friends will resent me forever if I don't show up for function X (including, quite possibly, the above mentioned funeral)! Well then, should you choose to violate a godly principle with this justification, you are fearing man more than you fear God, and that is unwise. "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" (Psalms 118:6) See also Proverbs 29:25.
"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the [government] which your fathers served that were on the other side of [this argument], or the [desires of your heart], in whose [fulfillment] ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15, with minor adaptations).
"And behold... they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved" (Alma 5:13).