By Nathan Jones
How can a Christian vote in a Mormon?
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, I was interviewed by host Brian Thomas of Blessings to Israel Ministries on his "God First" program. During the 45-minute interview we discussed how Christians should approach the 2012 election.
Brian Thomas: We are going to look at our two Presidential candidates — President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. President Obama says he's a Christian. Mitt Romney says he's a Mormon. What do you say to all of the Christians out there who say they will not vote for a Mormon? Since they say they cannot bring themselves to vote for a Mormon, what advice can you give them?
Nathan Jones: There is a YouTube video I would recommend everybody go and check out. The video was made by Chuck Norris whom you know as the famous martial arts and TV personality. He's a conservative and very involved in politics now. He's made a great video about why we should vote and he uses some telling statistics. He says that in the last election Barack Obama won by 10 million votes, but that 30 million Christians did not come out to vote. Thirty million Christians gave up their constitutional right to vote, a right that people suffered and died for, because they didn't like John McCain. Chuck Norris' point was that there are issues that affect our Christian beliefs that we need to come out and support regardless if we personally like the candidate or not. He says we as Christians need to get out and vote our morals.
It is true, there are a lot of Christians out there who are really struggling with how to vote by faith. They see Barack Obama who many believe is a Muslim. I personally believe he is Humanist as he shows every sign of believing that humanity is the end all determinant. That view comes from his socialistic background.
On the other hand, there is Mitt Romney who clearly is a Mormon and is actively involved in his faith. Christians are wondering if Mormonism is also Christianity. The Mormons have been pushing real hard lately in their claims that they are Christians, even though historically they have never associated themselves with Christianity because they believe they are the true Church and every other is apostate.
As you know, Brian, any group that denies the deity of Jesus, the Trinity, and that salvation comes solely through Jesus is a cult. Those anti-biblical teachings are in part what the Mormons believe, so therefore the Mormons are a cult. This cult was founded by Joseph Smith who elaborated on the Bible in his teachings, combined into the Book of Mormon. He claimed an angel named Moroni gave him new interpretations of the Bible. Smith just didn't heed God's warning in Revelation 22:18-19 which says not add anything to the Word of God. True, there are many Mormons out there whom I've run into who are very devoted to seeking God, but Joseph Smith's teachings were not from God. After all, he lived a very immoral lifestyle. He had many wives. What he taught came down to that old lie from the Garden of Eden where Satan said that we can be like God. That's what the Mormons believe — that we can be like God, and actually that we become gods. Mormons believe we do good works to get to Heaven. Again, that isn't Christian. Mormon teachings are totally antithetical to Christianity.
Yes, Mitt Romney is part of a cult. Barack Obama is barely Christian if you want to gauge by works and background. Voting is then a difficult choice. I can totally understand why so many people would just give up and rather not vote at all.
But, we've got to remember that the office of the President is a political office. It is totally a political, secular office. Americans are not voting in say a head of a church, or the Pope. The presidency is not a religious position. So, who is better? It would be excellent to have a God-fearing President who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but we can't expect that we are going to get that type of candidate in every election. So, as Christians, while we are living on this planet, we need to be restrainers of evil in all levels of society.
Sure, the world we know from Bible prophecy is eventually going to perish. It is going to go away. Jesus will come back. He will be the King and then we will have the right government again — a perfect government of peace, righteousness and justice. In the meantime, we need to work towards being salt and light in the world. If that means voting in a lesser of two evils then that's what we've got to do, because we are restrainers of the evil in this world. The Lord works as a restraining influence through His Church and we need to work at helping to restrain evil. So, for me, I have no problem in voting for a candidate even if they're not a Christian, knowing that they will have an opportunity to stem the tide of evil more so than another candidate or another party.
In the next part of Brian and my interview concerning the Christian's approach to the 2012 election, we'll see if poor leaders can be in fact a judgment from God.