Monday, December 03, 2007

Mitt Romney will deliver a speech on religious faith at the George H. W. Bush library on Thursday. Romney is a Mormon. It is an issue in his campaign for the presidency. If you are old enough, you might remember John Kennedy did this same thing to address the issue of Catholicism, since we had never had a Catholic president at the time and people were worried he might sell us out to the Pope (the real Crusader, by the way).

Expect to hear a lot about religious liberty and religious tolerance. Expect to hear that his religion will not affect his governance. Don't expect to hear the word "cult" or "polygamy" or "celestial heaven" or becoming god.

Many evangelical Christians think the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a cult and is not Christian. Many who claim to be evangelical Christians don't really know any thing about it or know enough about what they believe to distinguish the difference, but that is another post.

Actually, it is not only evangelicals. Almost half of Americans are reluctant to vote for a Mormon. This is not good for the general election, for those of you thinking of voting for Romney in the primaries.

There have been some Christians who have proposed voting for Mitt on the grounds that his conservative ideas and morals should count more than his religion. Romney also has good hair, which is worth a lot of votes. But, the Mormon issue keeps coming up and Romney's lead in Iowa has eroded. He now trails Mike Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, in the most recent poll. I guess I cannot understand why, if you wanted to vote on Christian principles, you would vote for a Mormon rather than a fellow evangelical. But that's just me.

Conservative ideas are great. I wish we all had them. But, as a Christian, you have to be concerned about the message of the Gospel and the orthodox Christian faith. You already have so much confusion about it. Non-Christians turn on the television and see guys conducting fake healings. They hear preachers promising them riches in return for gifts. My daughter and I heard one Saturday say God could make you a millionaire in a month, but first you had to prepare yourself. How do you prepare yourself to become a millionaire in a month you ask? Well, of course, by giving all of your money to this minister.

If you care about the Gospel and the faith, I do not see how you could vote for a Mormon, whose religion is not orthodox Christianity but is doing everything in its power to claim to be such (in clear violation of Joseph Smith's claims).

I guess Mitt is not going to like this post either.
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