How do Americans view Mormons?

I wish the unfavorable numbers were higher, but they are better than expected as “46 percent of Americans say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Mormon religion.” So reports The Christian Post according to this article which references a Gallup poll of 1,018 people.

Now get this.  Liberals are more likely to have an unfavorable view 62% vs. 45% of conservatives.  So who is the real liberal here anyway?  My suspicion is that far too many conservatives align themselves first with conservative political ideologies superseding their religious convictions.

Even so, my guess is that Romney still has as good a chance as any other Republican to get the “values vote”.  I know it comes down to who is the best person for the job, but it’s still a tough vote for me to decide on.  If Romney were to be elected President what would that change in way of the Christian faith as viewed by the world?  Probably not much.  How much as Bush’s faith really attested to Christ?  Not so much as far as I can tell.  I can’t help but wonder if Bush has hurt Christians more than helped them.  On another note, maybe Romney being President will really give us a chance to show the differences between Mormonism and Christianity.

Mark

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1 Fr. Bill March 6, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Mark,

My guess is that liberals are reacting far more to Mormonism’s well-known penchant for evangelism than anything else. If evangelicals generally were more overtly evangelistic toward non-Christians, they would probably garner far more antipathy from liberals than they already do.

As for evangelicals’ relatively lesser aversion to Mormonism, I’d chalk that up to the general apathy toward doctrine within evangelicalism generally. We’re well into a second generation of evangelicals whose churches focus far more on promoting well-being and one’s best life “now” than on teaching Bible and the doctrines of mere Christianity to the faithful. Is it any wonder that I meet self-identified evangelicals all the time that view Mormons as “odd” Christians, but Christians nevertheless?

Romney’s election as president would do for Mormonism with respect to evangelicals what Kennedy’s election did for Catholics among evangelicals. By this, I do not equate Catholics and Mormons. For all their non-catholic doctrines, the Romans still bear the marks of a true church. Momonism never has. But, again, if rank and fie evangelicals don’t have the doctrinal sensibilities to distinguish Christian from non-Christian, one can’t expect the election of Romney to do mere Christianity any good.

2 Annie March 7, 2007 at 11:32 am

I think we Christians in general prove ourselves just too lazy to bother with checking people out. My Bible tells me that we are to be aware that there are false teachers out there! The Mormon church fits that description. It’s real nice that Mormons live a clean life-style and they are real nice people, but that doesn’t mean we should embrace them. What fellowship does lightness have with darkness?

Recently a Christian acquaintance told me that 7th day Adventists “believe just like us, except they worship on Saturday.” No, I told her, they do NOT believe just like us! They teach salvation PLUS works. They teach that the work of Redemption was not completed at Calvary but that Jesus is in Heaven right now and he’s weighing out who has done more good than bad and therefore who will go to heaven when they die. They also teach it’s okay to lie to people in order to get them into their church. Does that sound like they “believe just like us?”

We are to use wisdom and discernment. Research deeply and compare teachings to the Word of God, the BIBLE. Mormons are not Christians.

3 Donald McConnell May 16, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Mark,

I think the liberals resent the legalism and “strong family values” of the Mormons, while many of the conservatives admire them for the same things.

I wish more people’s opinions were driven by a sound application of Biblical theology. But I doubt that it is so. If it were, people certainly could not have a good impression of the Mormon religion.

As for the affect on the nation of a Mormon President, I suspect bad bad influences are easier than good ones. It may depend on how well a Mormon President did at being President. If he is popular, the media may ignore his faith then, while if he is hated they may try to blame his faith. So the affect may be a wash. My fear is that a Mormon President will make fringe cults like Mormonism seem more legitimate and main stream to people.

Lots of people claim it is bigoted to consider such issues. I think this is the effect of Radical political Liberalism – the idea that religion and politics do not mix because government is supposedly public and rational and religion is supposedly personal and irrational. I cannot buy into that notion. Christ is truth, and truth is always relevant to everything, whether humanly convenient or not.

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