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October 18, 2011

A Quote from Andrew Sullivan

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

A Quote from Andrew Sullivan:

“I think that if you insist that politics should obey religious doctrine as the only reliable guide to politics, as a large section of today’s GOP does, then you have a duty to explain how your religious truth will guide your approach to governance.”

Living by faith is an important aspect of the Christian life. That doesn’t mean a Christian is going to force-feed the Lord’s Supper down the throats of everyone around them. It means that loving God above all things and loving one’s neighbor is to be at the forefront of their lives.

Faithful living means showing kindness and peace to others as God the Father wants all His children who have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ to do. It doesn’t mean that God is sending a “to do list” via Google+ telling them what to do; instead, one’s faith in God and in Jesus Christ guides how they live and treat others.

In my opinion, when politicians lead with their faith, they tend not to truly understand what every aspect of their faith entails because, at their secular core, they are politicians. They will use whatever means necessary to get a vaunted title affixed to their name. If it means to they need to use a few religious buzzwords, they will do so.

Yet we must remember – they want to get elected to public office, not get elected as #Pope or president of the #LCMS. They should not have to stand up at debates or in public forums to try and explain theological issues that their church may or may not hold. Michelle Bachmann was derailed a few months ago trying to explain what it means for a woman to be in submission to her husband.

But when a politician speaks of their faith and how they live, they should have a clue.

However, Sullivan does raise an interesting point about Mormonism and the ceremonies they perform that are secret. Should Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman explain to the American people what goes on behind the closed doors of a Mormon temple? I don’t think so.

The above referenced article comes from The Daily Beast: The Mormon Question
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