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. Continue reading »