Saturday, October 08, 2011

Don't Sell Your Soul to Politics

My, my. I haven't posted since Monday. To assuage my guilt, a story tailor-made for The Seventh Sola dropped into my lap from the world of politics. Especially because the political intersected with the spiritual.

At the moment, the media — not to mention the GOP and the Dems — are all aflutter. Why? Because Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, dared to say something in reference to Mitt Romney that evangelicals have always taught and believed. What did he say? He said that Mormonism is a cult and not biblical Christianity. Here's a link to the story in case you haven't read it or heard about it yet. Fox News was jumping into the fray, and that's how I first heard about the story.

This is a classic example of why Christians — and by that I mean true, Bible-believing Christians who have a saving knowledge of Christ — need to be wary of hitching their wagons to any political party. There will be times when we will be tempted to be silent about our convictions because of political expediency, and there are some things that we cannot be silent about because the very nature of the Gospel is at stake.

Mitt Romney may well make a capable president. One does not have to be an evangelical Christian to make a good president. However, I am very disappointed at Rick Perry and others at Fox News who have identified themselves as Christians for running as hard as they can from Pastor Jeffress' comments. In fact, the purportedly evangelical Perry flatly said "No!" when asked if he agreed with Pastor Jeffress. Tragic, because in essence that means Perry just denied the Gospel.

The correct answer should have been something along the lines of this: "It is no secret that evangelicals such as myself disagree with Mormonism in terms of what true Christian doctrine is. But a political campaign is not the venue to discuss those differences. We do not have religious tests for public office, and other Mormons have served with distinction in elective office, such as Governor Romney's father and the late Ezra Taft Benson, who served as a Cabinet member of a past administration. If you want to know what evangelicals believe about Mormonism, that's another discussion for another time and in another venue."

Instead, we have compromise for the sake of political expediency from some within the evangelical camp who ought to know better. I will be watching very closely to see what Mike Huckabee has to say when he chimes in.

Late addendum: Reuters weighs in on the story. Thanks to Frank Turk for the heads up on this. I'm glad Reuters actually demonstrated where Mormonism departs from orthodox Christianity. And there's much more than Reuters revealed.

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