Attempting To Vote For The “Better Christian” For President In 2012

21 months.

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, then you know that A) I talk about my son a lot and B) I love discussing politics.

This election is epic! Here we are, deciding which man we believe best represents our own code of morality and decision-making.

For me, the most interesting part is regarding the discussions I’m hearing about the religious beliefs of the candidates, particularly from conservative Protestant Republicans.

Up until 3 years ago, before becoming your neighborhood friendly Ron Paul supporter, I was a Republican and I voted that way every four years.

Like many other conservative Protestants I knew, I voted for the Republican candidate, if for no other reason, because he was pro-life.

While I am still very pro-life, my focus is no longer on choosing the “better Christian,” or in other words, the most conservative Christian candidate.

Here’s the irony: Many Protestants don’t consider Mormons to be Christians; some of the biggest reasons being because Christians believe that Jesus is equal to God and that Jesus was physically raised from the dead. (My understanding is that Mormons don’t believe those things.)

In other words, certain Republican Protestants are voting for the “better Christian,” though, by their own definition of what it means to be a Christian, the man they will be voting for is not actually a Christian.

Instead, they’re voting for the man who best represents their particular Christian values.

This is the first election in a long time where Republicans don’t have a Protestant Presidential candidate to stand behind.

(The only Catholic President in American history was JFK, who he was a Democrat.)

What if Mitt Romney was a conservative, pro-life agnostic instead of a Mormon?

How “non-Christian” can a Republican Presidential candidate be and still be backed by the conservative Protestants as the “better Christian” candidate?

Of course, I keep having to put “better Christian” in quotation marks just to be clear that I personally I am not publicly judging their allegiance to Christ; I think if I did, it wouldn’t be very Christian of me.

Similarly, I think it’s unfair to demonize a President just because he’s with the “wrong” political party.

President Obama is not evil. Nor was George W. Bush. They just happened to be the first two Presidents we’ve had since the Internet has been relevant to mainstream America and since blogs have been subconsciously influential to the masses; so these recent Presidents have been much more rapidly criticized.

It can be so natural to call their actions evil when you’re part of the opposing political party. In the process, the whole other political party in that case becomes evil too.

In other words, either half of America is evil; it just depends on which side of the fence you’re not.

Like I said in the beginning, we as a nation, as parents of children whom we are trying to instill our own morals into, are trying to vote for the man we believe best represents our own code of morality and decision-making.

Sure, our own personal religious beliefs should play into that. But at least for conservative Protestant Republicans, it’s not as simple this time around as choosing the “better Christian.”

So, will America choose a Christian or a Mormon for President in 2012?

 

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  1. by Jon B

    On September 2, 2012 at 1:51 am

    It’s a little sad that this is one of the major issues you look at when determining a presidential candidates worthiness. By all means Americans want someone with moral character, but you imply that only people with a likeminded viewpoint of creation and spirituality can then be moral, upright citizens. Of much more note should be their stance on the economy, if they have any great ideas to help a recovery for instance, what there foreign policy is, their stance on environment, etc. As our country is founded on a seperation of church and state, ones religious affiliation should be the last thing that matters. This particular election, at least thus far, seems to be much more about criticizing ones political opponent, than actually presenting any real ideas to their potential constituents which is truthfully quite sad. I’d give the edge on politeness to the Republican, but there is still a few months to go. Hopefully we will actually hear a few of our nominees ideas, and then people can have something of greater merit to rate then just their religious philosophies.

  2. by Brett Cornelison

    On September 5, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Nick,
    We should always strive to elect moral, virtuous leaders. Your desires are commendable. It pains me however, to see your ignorance of Mitt
    Romney’s faith left unchallenged. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that Jesus Christ is a member or the Godhead, equal with the Father. Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer by virtue of His atonement and resurrection. His is the only way by which man can return to dwell eternally in heaven. Mr. Romney has the strongest family values and is unafraid to talk about the need for God in our lives. He is pro-life as well as pro-marriage and pro-family. Is that Christian enough for you?

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  4. by corinne

    On September 10, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I am a Mormon and we definitely believe that Jesus was resurrected and is our savior and member of the godhead. There is a lot of misinformation out there; I recommend going straight to the source to learn about Mormon beliefs…just like if you want to know what a catholic believes, ask a catholic and not a buddhist. http://www.Mormon.org :) .

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