The 2012 presidential election is still more than a year away, but on the Republican side of the political spectrum, eight candidates are vying for nomination to oppose President Barack Hussein Obama. Two of the candidates are professed Mormons, at least one is a Roman Catholic, and Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain have professed their faith in Jesus Christ.
Personally, I like Bachmann and Cain very much, believing the latter has the better vision for America. I respect the wisdom of Newt Gingrich, although his three marriages strongly suggest he isn’t the most moral person of the bunch. Ron Paul has some good ideas and Rick Santorum seems to offer likewise. Governor Rick Perry shot up to the top of the polls, but his recent performances at the Republican debates has cast doubt on his ability to win it all.
That leaves Jon Huntsman, Jr. and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the remaining candidates. Both are Mormons. Huntsman, the former ambassador to China and Singapore, and one-time governor of Utah, is putting up a minimal challenge. Romney, on the other hand, has consistently polled at or near the top among GOP candidates and has strong financial backing. He also has clarity of vision and has defended his handling of the Massachusetts health care law, something he developed and backed, quite well.
Quite frankly, this Christian can vote for Mitt Romney without batting an eye. Most importantly, I can do this in good conscious before God and man.
Romney has been attacked for his Mormon beliefs, but in the words of Chuck Colson, “Let’s stop criticizing candidates for their religious convictions.” There are more significant matters at stake — how someone approaches God is between that person and God alone. Certainly, I disagree with Mormonism and I do not consider the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints to be a Christian denomination.
As Colson has argued, there is no religious test for public office in the U.S. Constitution. That “test” arrived much later, usually from well meaning, but sometime overzealous evangelicals who will often fail to realize that God’s man (or woman) isn’t always a believer. Go back to the Old Testament and you’ll see how God used Babylonian, Assyrian and Persian kings to advance his will. Of Cyrus, king of Persia, God said in Isaiah 45:1 —
“This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut….”
Yes, this pagan king was God’s tool to enable the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild His temple. God could have used the Jews directly, but He chose to work through the secular leaders of the world of that day. In my opinion, He still does today.
Character & Standing
Mitt Romney is a moral man. He does tend to flip-flop on some issues, which is a cause for concern. Mormons are, for the most part, people who pursue righteousness, uphold liberty and are pro-life. Of course, there are variations within the LDS and some politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon, are blatant liberals.
Like Colson, I want our next president to be someone of “good moral standing and character.” Romney, I believe, understands what marriage is all about. President Obama, seems confused or at least is not eager to defend DOMA — the Defense of Marriage Act — legislation that upholds that marriage is between one man and one woman. There are other differences between the two including how America promotes itself around the world, the way the government taxes and spends, and views on job creation.
I’m not endorsing Romney and WordJourney is not a website where we seek to advance our political opinions. You’ll be sorely disappointed if you expect to find an endorsement for president here next year — you won’t. There is, however, one idea that I can endorse: voting for the person who is best suited to lead the United States forward once he or she takes office in January 2013. Let’s pray that whoever is in office provides the leadership this nation desperately needs.
Photo: Jessica Rinaldi
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