I was anticipating much discussion on my economics post… it’s gotten fewer page views than my “Social Networking” page!!! Oh well, not everyone is into macroeconomics, I guess. Are all of you thriving in this economy so it just doesn’t matter to you? Am I the only one who’s broke and battered and bruised?
I have a good friend who’s about as staunch a Republican as you can be without actually boning Rush Limbaugh. I asked her if she had picked a candidate yet and she responded that she really liked Mitt Romney. This morning, I got another email from her saying this:
OH NO!!! I just found out Mitt Romney is a Mormon. I am officially without a candidate. 😦 Is that horrible of me? Mormons are okay people but when it comes to holding up the beliefs of our country I think the President has to be Christian don’t you? Or am I way off base?
This caused me to reflect on a book I’m reading and as I wrote her back, I realized… Hey! This might make an interesting blog post… so, here is the text of my message back to her:
Truthfully… I think you’re way off base. The fact is, Mormons share most, if not all, social values with the rest of protestant-ism. Stances on gay marriage, abortion, sex-ed, evolution and things like that tend to line up… so from that standpoint, I believe Romney is a better choice than say McCain or Gulianni… I like Mike Huckabee… but I don’t think he’s “polished” enough to be a world leader… he’s a little to “down home”…
I’m reading a great book right now that I think you should read (although, it might be difficult for you, politically)… it’s called “The Myth of a Christian Nation” by Greg Boyd and he talks about how we, as Christians, need to stop equating the kingdom of GOD with kingdom’s on earth… he points out that, as it says in Luke 4:5-7, all the authority on earth over all the nations of the world belongs to Satan… GOD handed over all governments and all leadership of the world to Satan (for a time, until the return of CHRIST, of course)… this means that earthly government is inherently NOT OF GOD… Jesus lived during very politically turbulent times… The Jews were under great stress and persecution by the Romans and many people thought that the Messiah was coming as a warlord to free the Jewish people… Jesus never made any political statements and never concerned HIMSELF with politics… HE knew that the kingdom of GOD was about personal relationships, not government
NOW… before you get too upset 🙂 I am not suggesting that Christians should not be involved in politics, I’m just suggesting that we shouldn’t expect to make our earthly government be “God’s Government”… see what I mean?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this!!!
ps – enjoy this picture from Christmas Eve