This is one of those things I never expected to write, but with humanity, all manner of eccentricities are possible. Internet Evangelist Bill Keller wants people to vote Jesus for President as a write-in candidate. Jesus does not want to govern in a democracy; Jesus wants to govern in a theocracy. When Jesus comes to govern, all the countries of this world will "have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelations 11:15) Merely giving Jesus the vote implies that there is the option to vote Him out at a later date. Since He cannot be voted out, there is no reason to vote Him in.
Also, Jesus never involved Himself with politics during His earthly ministry. Perhaps if the Sanhedrin understood His political non-involvement, then they never would have insisted upon His crucifixion. I want Jesus to come and reign over the world, but I understand that we can neither vote Him in nor vote Him out. When Jesus returns to reign, He will do so on His own time. In the meantime, we must deal with what has been given to us.
And how do we know that Mitt Romney is not part of God's intention? God has used gentiles and pagans as part of His designs for several millennia. King Cyrus of Persia is the most notable one in the scripture.
"Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it in writing, saying, 'All the kingdoms of the earth, the Lord God has given me." (2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1:1-2)
The religion of Persia around that time was Zoroastrianism, not Judaism. Jews composed a minority religion within the Persian empire. Even though Cyrus was not a Jew, God called him to defeat Babylon and free the Jews, thus leading to the construction of a new temple and to a semi-autonomous Jewish state of Judaea, thus leading to the birth of Christ Jesus.
So, we have here with Cyrus king of Persia that God can and does use gentiles and pagans to serve His purposes. Therefore, it is quite plausible that Mitt Romney is the candidate God wants us to vote for.
There is a great deal of confusion about Mormons. There appear to be two groups - the isolationist group in Utah that has followed Warren Jeffs, and the mainstream group that has integrated into American society that appears to be a series of oligarchies. Isolationist group is totalitarian. Mainstream is oligarchy. The organization and design of the isolationist and of the mainstream are entirely opposite each other.
Now, I have been reading through the Book of Mormon, which is the ultimate canon within Mormonism. Any writing from a Mormon that contradicts this book is a Mormon apostasy. The central premise is that shortly before the Babylonian captivity, a Hebrew named Lehi took his family, and they fled from Jerusalem to escape the Babylonians. Lehi had four sons, the two most important being Laman and Nephi. Laman consistently rebelled and attempted to kill his family. Nephi consistently held down the rebellion. During their time in the wilderness, Lehi had two more sons who he named Jacob and Joseph in honor of their heritage. The family migrates to North America where they await the Messiah Jesus and where the Lamanites consistently war against the Nephites.
Here are some bits that I found interesting.
"This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David and his son Solomon. David and Solomon had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before Me, saith the Lord." (Jacob 2:23-24)
By the way, this is a different Jacob from the one in the Bible. This man was born after the Babylonian captivity but was named after the Jacob in the Bible.
"Wherefore, my brethren, hear me and hearken to the word of the Lord; "for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines, he shall have none." (Jacob 2:27)
Polygamy is called an abomination in the next verse. Therefore, any Mormon practicing polygamy is a heretic. Mainstream Mormonism condemns polygamy.
Now, here is another interesting verse from the Book of Mormon.
"But behold, this land, said God, shall be a land of thine inheritance, and the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the land. And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land." (2 Nephi 10:10-11)
According to Mormon scripture, America is the land of liberty. Any sincere Mormon believes in all the constitutional rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom of religion is also within the Mormon scripture.
"Now, there was no law against a man's belief; for it was strictly contrary to the commands of God that there should be a law which should bring men onto unequal grounds." (Alma 30:7)
"if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege or rather, if he believed in God, it was his privilege to serve Him; but if he did not believe in Him, there was no law to punish him." (Alma 30:9)
So, within the Book of Mormon, we have the endorsement of monogamy, the endorsement of America as the land of liberty, and the endorsement of freedom of religion. Obama opposes all but one. Just by following all of these things, Mitt Romney will be a more beneficial President than Obama could ever hope. The rights granted in our Constitution are aligned with Mormon scripture. More than likely, this is because Mormonism was founded in the early 1800s.
I have heard about extra writings by Mormons. I can speak only from my own knowledge of Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism... Every religion has its canonical writings and its writings by men. Even the most inspired of men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin - as well as the Pharisees and Rabbis cited in the Jewish compendium Book of Legends - do not always have views that align with scripture. When I read the Book of Legends, I discovered a beautiful prophecy of the Messiah, well-aligned with the New Testament. However, the same book held pieces obviously anti-Jesus. I have likewise found inspired works within Catholicism and Protestism as well as heretical works within the two. Martin Luther wrote wonderfully about faith and grace, but he was an anti-Semitic. Anti-Semiticism contains views contrary to scripture.
I apply this understanding to Mormonism and its extra writings. There are canon and non-canonical writings. Due to the condemnation of polygamy, it became apparent and quite obvious that the Mormon religion fell into apostasy upon its founding. Anyone familiar with the Golden Calf incident knows that immediate apostasy has a precedent. Because some of the non-canonical writings might be apostate (same with Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism), it is important to consider the canonical writings first and everything else second.
And how do we know that God is not obtaining what He wants from this election season? Rick Santorum campaigned on social issues while Romney campaigned on the economy. A couple months after suspending his campaign, Rick Santorum decided to found an organization named Patriot Voices
“One of the things that we found as we traveled around the country is that people came up to me a lot and said I was out there speaking about things that gave voice to their concerns and a lot of issues,” Santorum told Fox News. “We wanted to put together an organization that reflected those voices.”
A statement on the Patriot Voices’ Web site says the goal is to “mobilize one million conservatives around this country who are committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity.”
Rick Santorum will dedicate more time to building this organization after November. From what I can tell, this group will focus more on changing culture rather than passing legislation. This is a much better venue for Santorum. Laws should reflect culture. Any attempt to change culture through legislation is dictatorial. Effective culture change occurs when people transform their beliefs, values, and ways of thinking. In other words, people need to be convinced to change. Over the past fifty years, culture has changed drastically without legislation, and it can transform itself again without legislation.
So, take a look at the current GOP candidate and take a look at Santorum and truly consider, "Is this God's intent and plan for our nation?" I believe this part of God's plan.
Christians seriously need to stop being so paranoid over other peoples. For the past six months, I have heard anti-Catholic paranoia and anti-Mormon paranoia, filled with diabolical conspiracy theories, but remember this verse "for we wrestle not against flesh and blood..." (Ephesians 6:12). When you focus on a group of people and apply conspiracy theories to that group, you frame the warfare not as spiritual warfare but as flesh and blood warfare. Conspiracy theories contradict the spiritual warfare of Ephesians 6:12.
Spiritual warfare can only be won when we love others and when we convince others of the Truth. I started down the path to becoming a Christian because a friend shared bible verses with me. If she considered me part of a conspiracy, I would never have considered following Christ.
Catholics and Mormons are not our enemies; they are flesh and blood. The enemies are wrong beliefs, wrong values, and wrong thinking - things that are spiritual. Christians should be more concerned about the Episcopals and less concerned about others. But even then, the Episcopals are changing because their beliefs and values are changing, not because of some physical conspiracy. The only way we can win spiritual warfare is to stop thinking in terms of flesh and blood warfare, and to start sharing the Truth with people because we love them.
Christians should stop fearing a loss of power if a non-Christian becomes President. Christianity flourished under 300 years of pagan rule. Christianity flourished under pagan rule because the leaders sought to change the culture and educate people about the Truth. None of the leaders involved themselves in politics. Today, Christianity has lost its power because the culture has changed away from Christian values. For decades, our Presidents have been Christian. Despite having Christian politians for the past fifty years, Christians have lost their power and influence due to cultural change during that same time. Culture is key.
The primary way for Christians to regain their power is to regain cultural influence. Cultural influence can never be gained through politics. I wish for more people to choose to follow Jesus and to accept Jesus into their hearts. I want people to choose Jesus as the ultimate authority over their lives, not as someone who can be voted in or out. Please, choose to follow Jesus, but don't vote for Him.