Can Christians support a Mormon for political office? That question has dominated political discourse after a Texas pastor called Mormonism a cult, seemingly disqualifying GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney as a legitimate choice.
“Every true, born-again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian,” Pastor Robert Jeffress said. Jeffress supports Governor Rick Perry for president and doesn’t believe his rival, professed Mormon Mitt Romney, is a Christian.
Clearly, Mormonism rejects basic doctrines of the Christian faith, like the Trinity, making it difficult for Christians to embrace Mormons as fellow believers. But, is Jeffress right that Christians should always prefer professing Christians over non-Christians?
Not necessarily. Some professing Christians, like President Barack Obama, support anti-biblical causes like gay and abortion rights. Would Pastor Jeffress support President Obama over Governor Romney? I highly doubt it.
Ideally, all Christian candidates would hold biblical worldviews, but sadly, that’s not the case. In fact, some Mormon – and even Jewish candidates – have worldviews that are more biblical than some professing Christians! Personally, I’d consider supporting a non-Christian who supports biblical causes over a supposed Christian who supports anti-biblical causes.
Yet, even if a professing Christian holds a biblical worldview, he doesn’t automatically earn my support. Jesus said you know a tree by its fruit. And, actions need to reflect professed belief. Take Rick Perry. According to the San Antonio Express-News, from 2000 to 2009, Perry has donated only one half of a percent of his nearly 2.7 million-dollar income to religious organizations.(See article on Perry’s giving) In contrast, over the same period, Romney has donated millions to his church. So, who deserves my support?
Honestly, I don’t yet know. But, I do know that our criteria for selecting candidates should include more than a simple profession of faith.