Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A Mormon Leader for a Theologically Careless People

Anybody who has read the Old Testament should know that God is concerned with whether government leaders acknowledge Him, whether they serve Him or serve an idol. God is concerned with whether all people, whoever they may be, acknowledge Him. While it's true that we often have to choose the lesser of two evils in an election, the fact that we prefer the lesser evil doesn't mean that we should deny that evil is involved.

Today's Boston Globe has another article on Mitt Romney's Mormonism, and it closes with these lines:

In the same article, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, brought up Romney's Mormon faith with the Atlantic interviewer. ''The question you didn't ask," Kennedy said, ''was about Mormonism, whether it would hurt him in a national campaign."

''The answer is no," Kennedy answered. ''We've moved on. That died with my brother Jack."

Of course, closing the article with that sort of line from President Kennedy's brother is effective in moving people's emotions. I give the Boston Globe credit for good theater, but their reasoning isn't so good.

If Romney would be chosen as the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, and he would be significantly better than his Democratic opponent, I would be willing to vote for him. But let's not act as if being Mormon is no problem or just a minor problem. However America has "moved on", as Ted Kennedy puts it, probably has a lot to do with Americans becoming less concerned with truth and less concerned with pleasing God. We live in a trivializing age, when we're encouraged to be short-sighted and to not think highly of many things. Nobody who wants to hold a Biblical worldview can go along with that sort of carelessness (Matthew 12:36, Titus 1:15).