I do not understand why someone who claims to be a Christian would shoot themselves so many times in the foot.
In the world of politics, you have your friends and your enemies. You have to choose them carefully. You’d always like to be on the winning side, somehow, but really, you want to see your agenda get through, no matter who wins. If your friends win, you run the risk of them putting you on the sideline only to call you out when they need your votes. If your enemies win, perhaps they will invite you to the table to see if they can get your vote in the next round.
Either way, you’d like to be an important ally or an important enemy.
In politics, I believe we should be measuring each other politically. That is, compare what you want to get done with what someone else wants to get done. If it’s a close match, you will be a close ally. If it’s a reasonable match, then you will be a reasonable ally. If they don’t match hardly at all, then you have your enemy, but you still have common ground.
As you choose your political allies, you should try to find the group that (a) represents a majority, and (b) aligns most closely with you.
With that in mind, why is there even one degree of separation between Mormons and Evangelical Christians?
Can you name one political issue we disagree on? I can go down the entire list, and you will find nothing, absolutely nothing, we disagree on. Except, of course, keeping Mormons out of power. That seems to be a driving issue for Evangelical Christians.
You see, when Glenn Beck, a political talk show host who is also a Mormon, writes a book that teaches the fundamental doctrines of Christ, you know the whole “Love your neighbor” bit, and when an Evangelical political organization publishes praise for the book, that’s a good thing, since it brings Mormons and Evangelical Christians closer together in the political realm.
Now, if Focus on the Family wasn’t a political organization, but a religious one, and if Glenn Beck weren’t a political talk show host, but a religious leader in the Mormon faith, I can understand why publishing the teachings of that leader would be objectionable. Heck, you won’t find articles by evangelical preachers in our mormon religious publications, at least ones that disagreed with our doctrine.
But this isn’t a religious thing, it’s a political thing. As people who agree on almost everything in politics (except the “keeping Mormons down” bit), we should be working closely together on everything politically. We should be closer than brothers in the political realm.
I mean, there is more difference between a socialist and a communist than there is between a mormon and an evangelical christian in the political realm, and you don’t see them bickering, do you?
Now, if you think it’s a good idea to get all testy whenever you see an evangelical political organization get too close to a mormon politician, then we’ll see where that leaves us: on the sidelines.
Which is exactly where both of us are. See, despite the fact that the social conservatives have the strongest and most resounding message and have experienced the most powerful political victories while the fiscal and foreign relation conservatives have been losing everywhere, we are still not the leaders of the Republican Party. Why? Because we aren’t getting along. If we had, we’d have taken over the party a long time ago. It would be the fiscal and foreign politicy conservatives asking for a handout and begging to get on the ticket every November. But no, it’s us begging, and the losers are in charge.
It’s time we stopped fighting over religion outside of our churches and started cooperating in politics in our government buildings. As a mormon, I can tell you that I, personally, am willing to put everything in the past. Heck, I’ll even go out and write a check to whichever evangelical you want to win. But that’s conditioned with you giving up this stupid fight to keep the mormons out of power and simply embraced us as allies in this all-too-important political fight.
Mind you, of course, I’ll probably never agree with you on core elements of theology, and I don’t ask you to embrace my doctrine either. But I am willing to be your political ally.