So…we have a Mormon running around the country bidding for the highest office in the land. I will not be endorsing any candidate here. What I am going to do is to address whether or not Christians should be concerned about having a Mormon as the leader of the free world. Perhaps the better question is, “why not.” I will admit that although Mr. Romney has some very different theological beliefs than I. But for me theses differences would not be a deterrent.
There are some social areas that my LDS friends seem to agree with my understanding of scripture. The traditional definition of family, and the value of life, (especially that of the unborn), are just two. I would concede they really lost me with that whole polygamy thing – but that has been years.
Christians have also had our share of “misunderstandings.” We burned people at the stake, drowned others for suspicion of witchcraft, and who can justify the multiplied thousands killed in the name of God during the crusades. In “perfect Doug world” I would like an opportunity to vote for a candidate that agrees with me on just about everything. That, however, is just not reality. Most have the opinion that this country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and I can see Mr. Romney basing his executive decisions upon the sound moral principles that most of America would want to govern our country.
Being a Christian does not automatically score electability points with me. Again – I personally would rather see a conservative Christian in the office of President. But that’s just me. With that said, I will not be pulling the lever based solely upon that fact alone. The U.S. constitution says nothing about having a “Christian” man or woman holding the highest office of the land. Honestly, Christians tend to get trapped here. We are inclined to love this country’s freedom of religion just as long as that religion is Christianity.
Frankly, there are many Christians that walk in a completely different social paradigm than I do. Some of these are my friends. Like me, these call upon the name of Jesus and believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. Yet some of these same people are supporters of ideologies that would make most of the Christians of the Bible-Belt quiver in our Sunday school classes. I am talking about people who are my brothers and sisters in Christ who support abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and are card carrying members of the ACLU. I love these people and God’s love them more. But just because they are my Christian brethren, I would rather not see them running the country. The Christian label just isn’t enough for me.
I do not know who the next president of the US will be or whom I will vote for. But when that time comes, I will not be basing my decision on someone’s religion but, among other economical principles, if their values are Godly and their convictions are firm enough to stand strong when challenged.
Now go have a Latte – see you next week