What do these four men have in common–they all consider themselves to be Christians. But then so do 84% of all adult Americans according to a recent survey by the Barna Group. In fact, the above listing points out the fact that calling oneself a “Christian” no longer carries any real meaning in the United States. Virtually anyone can lay claim to the title even “Christian Scientists” who don’t even believe in Christ. Consider the above gentlemen:
Jeremiah Wright believes in Liberation Theology, a virulent anti-American version of Christianity. While this may make him extremely unpatriotic, it doesn’t make him un-Christian.
Mitt Romney accepts the teachings of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church, including a belief in the Book of the Mormon. While this places him outside the traditional and generally accepted tenets of Christianity, it also doesn’t make him un-Christian.
Robert Jeffress, as a Southern Baptist minister, subscribes to Arminianism, a theology which has been condemned by Catholics and Calvinists alike as “false teachings” if not out and out heresy. That also doesn’t make him un-Christian.
And then there’s Barack Obama–a man who doesn’t belong to a church, who rarely attends worship, who doesn’t provide his children with a Christian education, and who contributes almost nothing of his vast wealth to churches and religious organizations (although he does give to “charities”). This also doesn’t make him un-Christian.
The problem here is that everyone wants to be thought of as a Christian, while refusing to adhere to the teachings of the Church. By the Church, I don’t mean Catholic or Episcopal or Methodist or Presbyterian–those are denominations within the Church. I mean “The” Church–the one founded by Jesus Christ and for whom he died on the cross. That Church. The Church that adheres to the scriptures and sola scrittura as the word of God. The Church that doesn’t change its positions on matters of life, death, and marriage in order to be politically correct or to keep from offending someone. That Church. The Church that has no place in politics, because it seeks first the Kingdom of God.
So when someone asks “Would you vote for a Mormon for President” I say “No”. Nor would I vote for a Catholic or a Southern Baptist. But I would vote for Mitt Romney. And I would vote for Rick Santorum. And I would vote for Rick Perry. You see I’m not looking for a religious leader as President of the United States. I already have one.