Leveling the Playing Field


Politics seems to pervade every segment of American life this election year. There are two very extreme philosophies coming from the two dominant political parties in America. The one party wants a government-mandated redistribution of wealth so that all live on the same playing field. The other party wants everyone to have a chance at doing the best they can for themselves so that the playing field is naturally leveled by their own efforts. Jesus would certainly agree with both parties that the poor need help. He was very clear about that. He cares deeply for the orphan, the widow, the misplaced and the oppressed. That is why He calls those of us who have more to take action and He modeled the action.

Philippians 2:6-8 (NLT) Though He was God, He did not think that equality with God was something to cling to. Instead He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

He came to earth in the womb of a vulnerable teenage girl who was suspected of betraying manger-crossher betrothed and was birthed in a stable because there were no rooms available for a human baby. It occurred to me that Jesus became poor to show us how to be poor. He showed us how much it may cost to accomplish His will on the earth. He experienced everything a poor person in society experiences and He did not let it stop Him. He did what God asked Him to do even when it became increasingly unpopular, even when it caused His death.

God’s word is clear that the way up is down, that we stand best when we are on our knees, that in humility we are a formidable presence. He modeled that. What does that mean for a Christian on the eve of a very serious presidential election? Seriously, let’s seek Him and do what He calls us to do.







Of course Romney believes in America

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!