What is the Mormon factor? Last year, Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas stated that he believes that Mormonism is a cult and that he believes that Mormons are not Christians. If this is the attitude of many evangelical leaders, then these voices are a window into the views of their parishioners. Thus, Romney, and any other Mormon candidate for president, could have a difficult time winning voters in areas with a strong evangelical presence, particularly the South.
I find it unfortunate that any Mormon candidate would suffer bias in voting simply because of his or her membership in the Church. Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution states that " no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." Certainly, this is not something that can or should be enforced among individual voters, but it should be a principle that all Americans adhere to.
Though evangelicals and Mormons differ in a number of aspects of Christian doctrine, there are many principles upon which the two groups agree. Consider a few:
- Agreement upon Biblical principles and their application to life in America.
- A strong belief in the U.S. Constitution along with a strict interpretation of this great founding document.
- A strong belief in the importance of the family.
- A strong belief in the sanctity of life, beginning with conception.
- A strong belief in the importance of moral values.