Can Christians Vote for a Mormon? That was the topic of a panel discussion at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. When I saw the headline, I couldn’t believe we were still talking about this. The panel resulted in some good points being made about viewing American history from a Christian perspective and abandoning the idea that the White House is some king of mascot for Christianity. I like this statement from Al Mohler: “Above all we have a Gospel responsibility, that we are first and foremost citizens of the heavenly Kingdom and our concern is that others will become a part of the Kingdom through the proclamation of the Gospel.”
The panel was composed of four members, among them Al Mohler, Jr., President of Southern Baptist Seminary and Russell Moore, dead of the school of theology at Southern. Despite a little shock at the headline (and maybe that was the point) I really liked where they came out on this. Read the entire article at Baptist Press.
This is the Read and Share File, where I share with my readers what I have been reading. This past week has been busy, this week will continue to be, and I haven’t read much. But here are a few things:
When Jesus and his disciples were criticized for not washing their hands, Jesus uses the opportunity to explain what really defiles a person. It is not what goes into a person (Mark 7) but what comes out a person. Luke’s version of this story says “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” This post from Theologigal has a lot to say about what’s in a person’s heart.
Tall Skinny Kiwi lists 10 things he sees happening the the church that I don’t see happening here (in the United States). It’s about smaller stages in churches and entering people’s homes. And the Gospel.
Mitt Romney acknowledges that while Mormons and evangelicals have different faiths, the two can work together. More at Baptist Press.
At reading the title The Theology of the Chocolate Sampler, I thought something like “Free will allows us to choose each piece, but what’s inside has been predestined.” Gary Shogren doesn’t go there (thus writing a much better post).
Is Mitt Romney a Christian? Are Mormons Christian?
Many others have already posted on this. Here’s the article that got me thinking. My issue has less to do with Romney’s faith than with the significance of a candidates faith when considering a president. But first things first.
Are Mormons Christian? The short answer is yes, but it comes with a lot of baggage to unpack. Mormons, who would prefer to be called Latter Day Saints or LDS, read the Bible and believe in Jesus Christ. Anyone worshiping Christ is a Christian in that sense. As a believer in Christ, Romney falls in that classification. But that’s not all Mormons believe. Continue reading