The Crossroads: Can a Christian Vote for a Mormon?
The Crossroads is a biweekly installment where Christians of differing perspectives have an opportunity to voice their respective opinions on an issue. In the spirit of promoting edifying dialogue within the Body of Christ we encourage you to add your voice to the discussion. May our conversation be uplifting for the Church and point us all to a more clear understanding of our Savior.
Question: Can a Christian Vote for a Mormon?
Christians are wondering, “Should we vote for a Mormon for President? Are we violating our faith commitments if we do so? Would a Mormon in the White House be bad for the country?”
Let’s begin with the Bible to answer these questions: Genesis says all are created in God’s image. We all share a common humanity, and a Mormon is likely to face the challenges of service in the White House in ways similar to most people.
Second, we all share a common fallenness. No one is perfect, and we’ve never had a perfect president. Like others, Mormons are not perfect. We always vote for less than perfect candidates and Mormons are no exception. Christians should be comfortable with the theoretical consideration of voting for a potential Mormon candidate on basic biblical grounds.
The specific question is whether to vote for Mitt Romney, if he is nominated. Will he be the “Mormon President” not the “US President”? Two factors are important here: First, does Romney “grind an ax” for Mormonism; is it central to him? It does not appear so. He is in the tradition of Presidents who speak generally about morals and God but who are secularists day to day. Such people have been effective presidents throughout history.
Second, might Romney appoint Mormons only to his administration, narrowing the scope of his administration, which should reflect the diversity of the whole nation. One clue to this might be those he picked to serve with him on the Olympics and in his Massachusetts administration. If these were mostly Mormons, there is cause for concern, but not otherwise. If Christians can satisfy themselves on these two matters they should have no qualms about voting for him.
- Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Liberty Baptist
I don’t see that voting for a Mormon presents a theological or philosophical problem for the evangelical Christian given political reality. Here’s why: I would rather have a Mormon working for me than a Christian working against me.
The question isn’t, “Is Mormonism heresy?” That question is definitively settled for the evangelical Christian. The question is, “Can a Mormon be President?” More exactly, “Can a theological heretic be a competent President?” Well, would you support a Mormon Republican who sought to protect life in the womb or a Christian Democrat who was indifferent to it? Would you support a Mormon Republican who calls for a strong defense or a Christian Democrat wanting to scale down our military to a position you would consider weakness? Would you support a Mormon Republican who championed 2nd Amendment rights or a Christian Democrat who wanted to pry your gun from your cold dead hands?
These aren’t theoretical questions. (In politics, issues of trinitarianism take a back seat to public justice). I vote for the person whose platform most closely aligns with mine. In the world of political reality, this may turn out to be a Mormon.
- Tim is a pastor at Calvary Chapel in Fremont, CA and blogs regularly at CrossConnection.net
The perplexing question of how Christians should handle a Mormon presidential candidate is influenced by a number of factors. The first thing to consider is whether it is the general election or a primary election. In the primaries we have a lot more room to be discriminating of the candidates. Once the general election comes around, however, the stakes are higher and more compromises need to be made. With the question at hand, however, it should be stated clearly that it is not a sin to vote for a Mormon. However, for one important reason I think that it is not advisable for followers of Christ to give their support to a Mormon candidate, particularly in the primary.
Mormonism is a cult by most recognized definitions of the term. They are also experiencing rapid growth worldwide and would gain more credibility were a Mormon to be elected president. It can be difficult for non-Christians to understand the differences between orthodox Christianity and Mormonism, and for such a high profile public office to be held by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I fear many will simply assume that there is no distinction between the true Church and this cult.
In the end, voting for a Mormon (unlike voting for a Buddhist, Muslim, or other non-Christian) presents the possibility of Christianity being marred by a heretical sect.
- Kolburt is the co-founder of FaithfulPolitics.org and a regular contributor.
Every election requires a voter to choose between a flawed candidate and a worse candidate. If the choice in 2012 is a Mormon vs. Mr. Obama, Christian voters must choose from one of these options:
1. Vote FOR Mr. Obama whose bias is completely toward humanism and against the God of the Bible.
2. Vote FOR a Mormon who upholds most Christian ideals.
3. ABSTAIN from voting in protest, which simply advances Mr. Obama.
The gospel message is one of personal choice and accountability. How could any Christian rationalize his or her decision to not participate in the political process? What will happen to the man or woman who decides to “abstain” on the issue of relationship with Christ?
- Lynn is the co-founder of Amazing Grays Ministry and blogs regularly at LynnBaber.net
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