Sunday, October 16, 2011

Are we still asking the Mormons/Christian question? Seriously?

In the 2008 cycle Mike Huckabee was an intriguing candidate. My brother and I were trying to start a news website then (just as I am now) and he assigned me the task of scrutinizing Mike Huckabee. This was while I was just a Conservative before I had my Atlas Shrugged awakening and joined the Libertarian wing of the GOP.

At that time I was blown away by Huckabee, as governor he didn’t do anything I found fault with. For a time I thought about supporting him, but then he attacked Romney based on religion, asking the incendiary question, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers?” 

While the answer to that is a “yes… but that does not signify any sort of equal status at all,” his followers then followed the question with Christmas Card deigned to look like they were from the Romney camp with a quote from the Book of Mormon taken highly out of context to make the religion look racist. Oh boy was I angry.

Romney is a problematic candidate, so is Huntsman and both for the fact that both stand well to the left of where I am, but then again I stand with Jefferson, well to the right of most but right in the REAL middle as outlined by W Cleon Skousen in his classic “The 5,000 year leap.” I stand with people’s law, the Constitution as it was intended. Romney and Huntsman both believe in global warming, and a government response to it, they both believe in Universal Healthcare, and Romney’s flip flops on abortion and Gay marriage, and Huntsman’s support of Civil Unions, and Romeny’s signing an “Assault Riffle ban” into law are all causes for concern. Their religion is absolutely not.

I could go into all the reasons why locking the definition of a Christian to the man made, non-biblical Nicene Creed is problematic, and why the definition of Christian is better served in a more inclusive manner, as in, as Jefferson defined it, "I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our creator."-(Front of the Jeffersonian Bible) Jefferson was not, however, a creedal Christian. He absolutely clashed with what would become evangelical Christians, and his ideas questioning the status quo of Christianity may have been the spark which brought about the Restorationist movement of which Mormonism is a part. Yet Jefferson’s political values were absolutely consistent with that of the mainstream Christendom. He may have argued over doctrines, but stood by the values of Christianity we all have in common, those values which laid the foundation of this country.

Catholics don’t consider Protestants Christians, who likewise don’t like to allow Mormons to call themselves Christian… Granted we all have theological differences between us, but the reality is that we are all doing the best we can to follow Christ in accordance to what we know and what we believe. Scientifically none of our beliefs can be proven or disproven in any absolute terms, our faith defines what we believe, true. But lucky for Protestants we Mormons believe exactly what they do politically. We both believe our Constitution was divinely inspired. We both agree that this country was built on Christian values. Shouldn’t that be enough to set aside meaningless technicalities (the acceptance of the Nicene Creed) so that we can work together toward our common political goals?

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