As November nears, and now that the Republican and Democrat national convention are over, the United States presidential election is in the minds of many. And, this election is a bit of a different animal from past elections.
Americans, Christian Americans especially, are facing a different situation this time around. Neither of the candidates are Christians. (Not that there haven’t been elections with no Christians before, some were nominal only at best.)
President Obama, the incumbant, claims he is Christian, though his beliefs seem universalist, and his values are far from those of Christians. Obama’s faith seems closer to that of black liberation theology that Jeremiah Wright taught him over the years he spent in that church, though, just as Wright said in 2008, Obama would have to distance himself from Wright and his teaching as it would hurt his chances in the election. Obama won’t state that his black liberation theology is different from Christianity, but it plays out in his speeches and legislation.
Governor Romney is a Mormon. Not only a Mormon, but a Mormon’s Mormon. He comes from a family that traces its roots back to founding of Mormonism, as his ancestry traveled with Brigham Young and possibly even Joseph Smith. Along with his family history, Romney’s taxes show a large amount of donations to the LDS church, and he was the leader of the LDS church in his state for some time. He is more Mormon than Paul was Pharisee.
Before we consider their politics, we have what could be some serious issues with their religions. Black Liberation Theology and Mormonism are both heretical perversions of true Christianity. Mormonism used to separate itself from Christianity, saying all other churches are apostate and that they are the only true Christians. Unfortunately, they have dropped this from their proselytizing and have come to more of a “we’re Christians, just like you” stance. This stance is far more dangerous, especially if left unchecked, or even accepted and promoted by well-meaning Christians leaders. (A high-profile “pastor” that has stated that Mormonism is true Christianity.)
Black liberation theology has sneaked itself into the Church, at least in the visible church, since American slavery ended, if not before. This is largely due to the racism of America’s past. It seems if you refuse to educate people some will come up with heretical Christ denying theologies. But, that is better handled in another post at a later time. The United Methodist Church even had one of the most influential leaders in the black liberation theology movement speak at their general conference this year. Methodists unfortunately tend toward liberalism, but endorsing this false theology is a new low for them.
Both of these religions claim they are Christian, and are preying on the Church, seeking to pull away sheep, or corrupt churches. Mormonism is the fastest growing religion in America, so there is definitely reason for concern. And, a formerly healthy denomination is lending what remains of its credibility to the leader of the black liberation theology movement.
And that is where President Obama and Governor Romney come in. If a Christian votes for them, are we aiding the growth of their religions? The presidential office is clearly more than doing executive work, and has moral and religious influence. If Christians largely vote for the Mormon candidate, will some take that as Christians saying that the differences between Christianity and Mormonism don’t matter all that much? Will this lend credibility to the Mormon religion, which until recently most have seen as a cult? Is this more important than a president we can mostly see eye-to-eye with on social and political issues?
If Christians vote for Obama, are we giving endorsement to the black liberation theology that has already taken over much of the visible Christian church? If they vote for Romney will it be seen as supporting and endorsing Mormonism?
I may touch on the social and political stances, and some other problems, in a later post. For now I leave the reader with an only somewhat related video from Lutheran Satire that highlights the similarities between Islam and Mormonism.