Carol Platt Liebau: So Who's a Christian?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

So Who's a Christian?

Bloomberg News is running a story discussing some evangelicals' discomfort with Mitt Romney "equating" Mormonism with Christianity.

I think everyone knows that there are areas in which Mormonism diverges pretty sharply from standard Christian doctrine. On the other hand, is it really necessary to make a big issue over what kind -- if any -- of a Christian Mitt Romney is?

If this is a sensitive issue for evangelicals, then good for the governor if he moves away from discussing his faith in those terms. On the other hand, no doubt many good Christians would feel that "being a Christian" isn't like being in a club that exists to exclude others -- and would welcome those who profess a sincere love for Jesus Christ along with actions that testify to such a love.

Ultimately, what's wrong with everyone being satisfied with a statement like the following: "There may be some differences in our theologies, but our principles and our values are the same"?


Blogger stackja1945 said...

"So Who's a Christian?"
Belief in a God.
Keep the laws of God.
Not all "Christians" seem to believe in God.
"So again Who's a Christian?"

7:01 PM  
Blogger Dr.D said...

What's wrong with being satisfied with a statement like: "There may be some differences in our theologies, but our principles and our values are the same"? What's wrong is that its not true. It is not true in the part about "our principles are the same."

Mormons are usually good, upstanding members of the community, but their life principles are not the same as those of a Christian. They do not accept Jesus Christ as having died on the Cross for their sins and risen from the dead for their salvation. That is just not how it works in Mormonism, so their principles are indeed different. They do have many of the same values that Christians do.

Stackja1945 seems pretty confused about who is a Christian. Perhaps he should go find a priest or a pastor to talk with who can help him. There is more to it than he seems to understand.

1:18 PM  

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