Sunday, November 4, 2012

Politics or Religion?

There was post on Facebook today which questioned evangelical Christian's support of Romney. The concern of the author, who is an evangelical, is that in his past experience Mormons had been portrayed as a cult in his particular evangelical denomination*. They had been seen as a threat to traditional Christianity. Why all of a sudden had this past belief been discarded? Remember that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has removed from their publications any references to the LDS church being a cult. Hmmmm.

Yet, as we all have seen, today evangelicals are supporting Romney in large numbers rather than a man who claims to be a traditional Christian. Why is that? What is there about President Obama that would cause these folks to do that? Some of the evangelicals say that Obama is not a Christian at all, but a "closet" Muslim. Therefore, a Mormon is a better choice than a Muslim.

What does this say about the average evangelical's thinking concerning a choice for president? Does it speak at all to the age-old question of separation of church and state? Does it speak at all to the "dead" issue of racism. It does for me. It speaks volumes.

Are there other possible reasons that an evangelical would vote for Governor Romney? I am sure there are. I am sure evangelicals could provide me with many good reasons why they should vote for Mr. Romney.  I am sure a lot of other Christians could provide me with good reasons why they should vote for President Obama.

I am not at all at ease about this election. I hope our nation can get through the next few days and some how come out stronger. 

*This was also true in the conservative evangelical church I was part of for almost 60 years.


  1. Hi Don, I hadn't checked my feed for a while and just now followed you over here to your new blog. I'm excited for your new direction and look forward to the adventure with you!

    I too, am concerned about the election and so much hate on public display. The area where I live, eastern Kentucky, is particularly evangelical and violently Republican. I have actually been called names for expressing my concern for helping those less fortunate - and we are surrounded by the less fortunate here.

    Can we come back together and realize we are all humans after the election? I have to the same time I'm trying to hold the nondual perspective and not take it so seriously!

  2. I say let's stop beating around the bush--OBAMA IS A BLACK MAN, "...and that has made all the difference."