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Might A Christian Vote for a Mormon?
Mormonism a brand of Christianity?
You decide. There is an excellent comparison chart at 4Truth.net. You'll want to read it for yourself but here's a synopsis. Historic Christianity holds that God is the almighty spiritual being who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one God, equal in power and glory. Mormonism teaches that God is an exalted man with a physical body of flesh and bone.
Regarding Jesus Christ, Christians believe that he is the second person of the Trinity who accepted the limitations of human nature so he could bear the penalty for human sin and thus restore believing sinners to God. Mormons teach that Jesus was our older brother. We have all been created by God as was Jesus.
Christians believe the Bible to be God's Word, inerrant and reliable in all that it affirms. Mormons accept the Bible (properly translated) along with three other documents which hold equal authority with the Bible. They are The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.
Historic Christianity calls sinners to embrace Christ by faith and accept his righteousness as their own while He bears human sin as though it were his own. By that transaction believers are restored to fellowship with God and look forward to eternity in his presence. The Mormon Church teaches that by his atonement Jesus secured the immortality of all humans. However only Mormons look forward to exaltation.
There's much more, but I've given you enough to make it clear that Mormonism cannot be called Christianity and a true Christian would not consider a Mormon a brother in Christ.
Not my brother but my President?
There's a biblical doctrine that comes into play as Christians ponder whether or not to vote for a Mormon. It is known as the doctrine of common grace. Common grace is God's practice of blessing even those who do not regard him as their God. He gives them their daily bread, empowers them to achieve good things and even uses them to accomplish his purposes. The Egyptian Pharaoh who elevated Joseph experienced God's common grace. So did Nebuchadnezzar of Daniel's time. Cyrus the Persian monarch is specially noteworthy. His words are recorded in II Chronicles 36:23. "Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, 'The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you af all his people, may the Lord his God be with him. Let him go up.'" Here is a heathen king being used by God to restore his people to Judea after the 70 year Babylonian captivity.
What's my point? A Mormon would not be my brother in Christ but he might become my President by God's common grace. The God of the Bible is not limited to using only his own people to accomplish his grand purposes.
But how to vote?
God's people of old didn't vote for the Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar or Cyrus. We today have the opportunity to participate in the election of the next president. The question then is, "Can a Christian in good conscience vote for a Mormon?" The fact that God makes a regular habit of using folks outside of his own people leads me to conclude, "yes."
Again under God's common grace Mormon people have developed a reputation for industry, wholesome family life and sound morality. I, for one, would rather vote for a consistent Mormon than a liberal Christian. Others are more qualified to opine on the various political issues at stake.