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The president is a political leader, not a spiritual leader

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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012 12:00 am

Since Mitt Romney has secured the Republican nomination for president, there has been lots of talk recently on whether an evangelical Christian should vote for a Mormon. Allow me to give one pastor's opinion.

First off, it must be understood that Mormonism is not a part of Christianity. The Mormon definitions of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Heaven, Hell, salvation, redemption and other major theological elements are drastically different than those of historic, orthodox Christianity. No matter how hard the Mormon church tries to convince people that they are a part of Christianity, they are not. For example, any religion who had one of their leaders (fifth Mormon president Lorenzo Snow) say: "As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be" (i.e.: God was once a man who progressed to godhood, and we, too can a become a god) is definitely outside of biblical Christianity.

That being said, what about a Bible-believing Christian voting for a Mormon? We must remember that the President of the United States is the country's chief executive and Commander in Chief, not its spiritual leader. Yes, the agenda of a president is shaped by his or her education, experience, political philosophy and spiritual belief system. However, the president is still a political figure.

As evangelical Christians, we should vote for the candidate who will best uphold the U.S. Constitution and lead with integrity and upstanding character, and who best aligns their views of social issues with biblical moral absolutes (including hot button issues like abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, and the definition of family), even if the candidate's spiritual beliefs don't align with ours.

I'm not endorsing either candidate, just trying my best to address this question that many Christians have been wondering about. Many may not agree with me, but this is my opinion after wrestling with this issue.

As has been said many times, we often vote for the "lesser of two evils." However, I encourage you to prayerfully vote. We, as citizens of Heaven, must not neglect our responsibilities as citizens of America.

Pastor Frank Nolton

New Hope Community Church

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