For the past two presidential elections, I’ve voted Republican. I’m fairly conservative with some of my values, although I do root for the underdog from time to time. In yesterday’s Knoxville News-Sentinel, Mormon beliefs were clearly spelled out in an excellent article. After reading them, I now must declare that if Mitt Romney is chosen as the Republican nominee, I won’t be voting for him.
Some people say that this is un-American. Are we now declaring that voters must separate their religion from their votes? That would be un-American. In fact, it would be totalitarian. I consider myself to be an evangelical Trinitarian Christian. As such, I can’t divorce my faith from my vote. Therefore, I will not vote for Romney in the Presidential primaries or national election.
There are several key doctrinal issues that cause problems for me.
Firstly, Mormons are not Christians. They consider themselves to be, but the Christ they worship is entirely different from the Jesus we know in the Gospels. Christ ascended into heaven after His Resurrection. The Mormon Christ came over to America like a spiritual Christopher Columbus after His Ascension. This is not mentioned in the Gospels.
Secondly, Mormons believe in baptizing the dead, allowing people a second chance in eternity. This is not mainline Christian thought and is one of the things that sets the Mormons apart as a cult rather than as a Christian denomination.
Thirdly, they believe in a caste system and hierarchy in heaven with three tiers. The highest tier belongs to those who are truly Mormon and married. This is not Gospel teaching, for Christ Himself says that in heaven none are married. There is also no hierarchy in heaven, save that of the Trinity.
Finally, Mormons believe that God is married which invalidates Trinitarianism. This is the most serious doctrinal issue that separates Mormons from mainline Christianity. This is a false teaching and one that separates my vote from going to Mitt Romney. I am a staunch Trinitarian Christian believer. I could not vote for a person who does believe in the sanctity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mitt Romney may be a good man, but I would feel as though I was being disloyal to Christ if I voted for him.
So, if the GOP decides to accept Romney as its presidential nominee, they will not have my vote. And possibly other Christians will feel the same.