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Here We Go Again: The Elephant in the Room, Part 2?

by Bob Waldrep

In 2012, the Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States was a devout Mormon. After the election I wrote an article titled The Elephant in the Room expressing concern that many Evangelicals, in hopes of electing a Republican, had tried to downplay the fact the Mormon Church is not a Christian Church (Most Christian Churches regard it as a cult of Christianity or a pseudo-Christian group). My concern then was not that a Mormon was running for office, nor that Christians had voted for him - my concern was due to the attempts to present his Church as being Christian, for the sake of politics.

 The article concluded:

 "Here is the bottom line, this election may have been indicative of what we can expect in future races. It may be that the days of having a "Christian" option are becoming much rarer...In such a new paradigm, we must learn that we don't need to "Christianize" our candidate. Rather, we must promote him, or her, on the basis of the issues we hold in common, despite our religious differences. [Support should be] on the basis of why he is the best man for the job, not his being Christian, kind of Christian, or the closest thing to a Christian we could find. Then, when questioned about his faith, we could have been more open and honest about it; for, it is what it is.

 As Christians, we know the governance of our nation is important; however, advancing the Kingdom of Christ should have much greater significance. As we select future candidates to support and as we cast our vote, let's do as conscience dictates, for the good of the nation. And, as we campaign, let's make sure we do no harm to the future advancement of the Kingdom." 1

 Christians may now be finding themselves in a similar situation in this election with Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for the presidency.  Carson is also a highly regarded and active member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church. With only 18.5 million adherents worldwide (just over one million in the U.S.), this group has maintained a rather low profile and most people have little or no idea who they are or what they believe. One of the other candidates expressed this when saying he knew nothing about the Seventh-day Adventist other than they have Church on Saturday.

 With a prominent member of the church campaigning for the presidency, people are increasingly curious not only as to why they worship on Saturday but what other beliefs and practices are held by the SDA Church. No doubt, much of this is due to the amount of support given this candidate by Evangelical Christians who are promoting his candidacy as the "Christian" conservative choice.

 This is not to equate the SDA Church with the Mormon Church, nor is it intended to say Carson is not a Christian. It is to address the question: Is the SDA Church part of, or should it be included in, the Evangelical camp? Earlier this year, this issue was raised among Southern Baptists when some of the denomination's leadership expressed concern with Carson addressing their annual Pastors Conference. Admirably, Carson opted to withdraw as a speaker rather than create controversy.

Continue reading CrossingCurrents Vol 8, Issue 7 


 

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