Monday, May 14, 2012
Can I as an Evangelical Christian vote for a Mormon?
Now before I chime in with my "two cents," let me be very clear that I am not endorsing anyone through writing this blog. I am taking away the names and political affiliations and just answering the general question, "As an evangelical pastor, Could I vote for a Mormon for President?"
My answer is, "Yes, I could" (Oh, boy, I think I hear that thin ice cracking beneath my keyboard as I type)! Now before you feel led of the Lord to slap the word "Apostate" on me, let me say right up front that I very much disagree with the theology of Mormonism. In fact, I see Mormonism as a cult. I'm not sure I can say it any more clearly. But when it comes to political elections, I am voting for a political leader not for a Pope, Rabbi or preacher.
Would I be more comfortable voting for someone who shared my theological beliefs as an evangelical Christian? Of course I would. But I just don't see how being a Mormon proves that someone can not be a good and effective President. In fact, I know many evangelical Christians who cross their spiritual "t's" and dot their spiritual "i's" exactly as I do who I would never vote for to be President. Why? Because they would be lousy leaders of the free world.
If a Mormon candidate was running for President and he was the one who most closely shared my views on social issues, fiscal issues and issues dealing with foreign affairs, yes, I could and would be able to vote for that person in spite of what I see as their theological errors. My voting for a Mormon for President who shares many of my values is not an endorsement of Mormonism.
And just in case I'm not on thin enough ice, let me also say that I do not believe that inviting a Presidential Candidate who happens to be a Mormon to speak at the commencement of a Christian University is also not an endorsement of the Mormon faith.
Quick, someone throw me a rope...I'm pretty sure I just fell through the ice.