Should Christians vote for a Mormon (Mitt Romney)?

Posted: June 9, 2012 in Evangelism, Life, Me and people, Politics, The Church
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Just a few thoughts about whether or not Christians should vote for a Mormon for president and its effect in what matters most.

Is Mormonism a cult?
Robert Jeffress, a Baptist pastor from Texas says Mormonism is a cult and therefore Christians shouldn’t vote for them. Joel Olsteen, the pastor of perhaps the largest Christian church in United States, seems to suggest Mormonism is not a cult but just another ‘not-so-pure’ form of Christianity.

Merriam-Webster defines ‘cult’ as just a religious system. Therefore, Mormonism is a cult, and so are Baptists and Catholics and Lutherans and, for that matter, everyone else who professes a religion. Needless to say, one can argue that among religious circles, ‘cult’ is a religious system that doesn’t agree with some key tenants of their own. Thus any religion can call the others a cult based on their own criteria. Kind of a subjective argument.

So instead of getting into a semantic technical non-sense that would please only those who agree with the baseline criteria –and therefore not too objective at all, let’s sees some factual differences between Mormonism and what we are going to call ‘orthodox Christianity’:

Topic Christianity Mormonism
The Bible Sole source and ultimate authority of doctrine. (99.86% of today’s New Testament can be confirmed by early writings and manuscripts) Not accepted as doctrinal authority as they claim is erred; only useful for information
Other books are held as inspired scriptures: ‘Doctrine and Covenants’, ‘The Pearl of Great Price’, and ‘Book of Mormon’ – Also, see Mormon Docrtine by Bruce McConkie
Click here to read about some contradictions between The Bible and The Book of Mormon
God There is only one GodHe has always been God since eternity to eternity. God used to be a man on another planet and Mormon members may become gods of their own worlds.
There is only one God There are many many gods 
God is spirit. God has a body of flesh and bones
No gods before or after…”; nothing in The Bible about goddesses. God is married and produces spirit babies by having physical relations with his goddess wife
Jesus is God, Satan is a created being like angels -different than humans. Jesus, Satan, and all of us are spirit brothers and sisters procreated in a pre-existent spirit life  
Not found at all in The Bible. God had relations with Mary to make Jesus body
there is only one God, The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit are one God in three persons The Trinity is three separate Gods
Salvation Jesus is the only way for salvation Entrance into celestial heaven is by the consent of God and the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith 
Jesus’ sacrifice and His blood alone, cleanses from all sin You must shed your own blood for the forgiveness of some sins   
Salvation is been paid for by Jesus and is free for anyone who believes –by faith. Good works are necessary for the forgiveness of sins

In conclusion, depending on your criteria, you may or may not agree that Mormonism is a cult.  What I think we all can agree, is that certainly there are a whole lot of differences between  Christianity and Mormonism. It is safe to say, based on this analysis, that Mormons are not Christians….

SO WHAT???

If you need a doctor to examine your heart, you look for the best possible cardiologist.
If you are in legal troubles with the law, you hire the best and most accredited lawyer you can afford.
If your car breaks down, you choose the most experienced mechanic nearby.
If you are looking for life and death spiritual answers, maybe you want to look into the book that is most consistent in in terms of historical, archaeological and literary critical analysis.
If you want a pastor or a spiritual leader, you may want to chose a person that aligns with your spiritual believes. However, how much does religion really have to do with the presidency of United States?

Yes, some may want in power a person who prays and goes to church and so on. Yes there are values in religion that intricately would reflect in the manner a politician exercises power in office. Many would agree that some of the most ethic people around are Mormons and Muslims (independently of their theological beliefs) But, would you go to a Christian cardiologist to have your car checked? would you take your car to the Christian lawyer? No!, we don’t select them based merely on their religious affiliation without first considering their abilities, experience and knowledge on the matter we need them to do. The best Christian guy can be a poor choice for a task he is not qualified for. At what point, when it comes to political decisions,  track record, experience, ethics, values and accomplishments may be more important than what church does a candidate go to?

Whether or not Mitt Romney would have been your first pick,  we need to recognize that  there is an enormous threat to Christianity when we treat other fellow citizens as not politically worthy just because they don’t share our religious beliefs. If you don’t want for Romney, fine!, but don’t do it for the intellectually wrong argument that he is a Mormon.

What matters most
Yes we want to elect to the position of President the most possible qualified person -not solely based on their religious affiliation. But there is an even more important reason for Christians to do so wisely. If we go to a Christian cardiologist to have our car checked -because he is a Christian, and if we take our cars to the Christian lawyer -because he s a Christian, and if we support a political candidate, just because he is a Christian, what does that tell to the unbelieving world about our judgment and ability to make wise decisions?… and how does that affect our credibility and therefore our effectiveness in telling the world about The savior Jesus we say they need?

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Comments
  1. RG says:

    I agree with your overall conclusions. We would not be voting for Romney based on his qualifications as an orthodox Christian.

    That being said, a candidate’s religious beliefs obviously impact his decisions and positions, and I think it entirely appropriate for us to pay attention to that – for example, I would have serious second thoughts about voting for a practicing shi’ite Muslim, or a member of the “Nation of Islam”, because what they believe about humanity and how it should be governed come from a RADICALLY different worldview. The examples that you gave of a cardiologist or a lawyer are very poor examples, because in neither situation are we looking to either of them to lead us, to represent us on a global level, to safeguard our liberties and provide for our future success as a people. Comparing the decision of choosing a mechanic and choosing the person who commands the armed forces of the greatest military in the world is apples and oranges. What a person believes about God and humanity has relatively little impact on how they fix a muffler, but does have an impact on how they govern a people, how they judge matters of life and death, how they discern justice and equality.

    So, while I agree with your conclusion that being a Mormon should not disqualify Romney, and I wholeheartedly agree that we should be evaluating the candidate as a whole and not just his/her religious affiliation, I disagree that a candidate’s religious beliefs are as inconsequential as you seem to suggest.

    P.S. Your usage of the word cult is ridiculous. We all know what we mean when we use the word “cult”; you’re not fooling anyone. Webster defines “Christian” as “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ”. That definition alone encompasses all Muslims, and such notables as Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and David Koresh. So, since you cite Webster as an authority, I take it that you would identify all of these as Christians.

  2. RG says:

    P.S.S Ok, so, a small apology is in order: I went back and reread your discussion on Mormonism and Christianity, and saw that you did not conclude that Mormons by virture of their theology are Christians. So, I’d like to retract my final section; obviously, you are not trying to suggest that just anyone who has Christian-ish beliefs are necessarily Christians. My apologies. 🙂

  3. Jerry says:

    Great article Luis! I don’t think most people know what Mormons believe, and it’s definitely NOT Christianity. That said– I agree with your conclusions that that should not stop us from supporting Romney, and it won’t be stopping me….

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