I sat and watched Mitt Romney’s final words to America which he spoke to a crowd in Wisconsin today as the crowd behind him shouted “4 MORE DAYS”. Yes, it is only 4 days until the United States elects the next president. Mitt Romney was making his last ‘pitch’ to the crowd. As I listened to the 26 minute speech I heard Gov. Romney say over and over again that he believed in America and that he knew we could get back on track under the right leadership. That right leadership, he says, is he and his running mate Paul Ryan (who, by the way, is from Wisconsin).
Back in the early 1970’s my young husband and I spent a couple of years and studied ‘Christian’ cults, those off-shoots of ecumenism that were missing just enough of the tenets of traditional Christianity to make their claims of being Christian questionable. One of those cults was Mormonism. Mitt Romney is a Mormon and it does not surprise me that he has such a passion for America. He pastored for a decade and so I know his faith is very important and real to him. Here is what Gov. Romney believes about America.
Underlying the whole of Mormonism, past and present, is the claim – part of what makes it a heresy to traditional forms of Christianity – that America is divinely blessed and the US divinely inspired. Among Mormonism’s core beliefs is the assertion that Jesus Christ actually visited America two millennia ago. Mormons also believe that the Garden of Eden was in America, that native Americans are part of the lost tribes of Israel, and that America is the land of Zion where the new Jerusalem will be built before the second coming of the messiah. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/30/mitt-romneys-religion-key-issue-bet)
Joseph Smith Sr wrote: “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.” (LDS Articles of Faith #10)
I believe Mitt Romney believes he is being used of God to restore America. I believe it, too. I think that is why he is so calm. He believes the race for president is in God’s hands and that God’s will is unfolding. I don’t believe what Romney believes, but God uses whom he uses. We voters here in America, in my opinion, have the choice between a Mormon and an atheistic Muslim who says he is a Christian. It’s a no-brainer for me. I am just thankful that no matter who is president, Jesus is King.
PS I wrote this post before I went to bed last night and decided to wait till I woke up in the morning to send it or not. In my inbox this morning was a note from Rev Billy Graham. It was a letter answering the question “Can an evangelical Christian vote for a Mormon? Rev Graham’s letter made many valuable points, but the end of it all was this:
I pray that all Christians and God-fearing Americans will put aside labels and vote for principles — God’s principles — that for many years have resulted in His blessing upon our nation.
So, can a Christian vote for a Mormon? The answer is yes.
Those who read here know how much I respect Rev Billy Graham. I value his opinion highly. I took the timing of his letter to be a sign that I should go ahead with my post, so…here it is! God bless us, Every One!