Mormonism: Why is it not a big deal to Evangelicals?

I read an article today about Mitt Romney and the supposed silence Evangelicals seem to have over his faith. What is supposed is that conservatives have changed the lingo from “cult” to “another religion” and embraced Romney as their candidate. The pragmatics of politics and the social views Romney supports surely points to the warm reception Romney has been given. However, I believe the media in general still does not get Evangelicals. And, the public is loathe to think critically about the information blasted at them.

One core identity of being Evangelical is to support a secular state that does not infringe on faith. It is detestable to think of people being forced by law or sword to follow Jesus. And the distance in the mid-20th century away from the sectarian Fundamentalists partly was due to instead of fighting culture to become more devoted while building bridges. The broad tent that is Evangelical includes people who may allow for gay marriage, while not agreeing with sanctioning it as a practice. Others are against the legality of it and at different degrees such as the post I wrote a few weeks ago.

It is true that the Southern Baptists held their convention in Utah in years past and that the word “cult” has been used. That word is just plain  rhetoric that is no longer useful. Think about it, Christianity is a cult of Jesus. Calling something another religion is surely accurate. I do not agree with Mormonism’s doctrine. But, I’m not gonna choose to be evasive to the guys with ties on bikes who offer to sweep my yard. The same would be true of the local Muslims here in Temecula who offered flowers. I’m not gonna shun them either. But, it does not mean my faith is the same. I applaud that they can choose their faith. The fear Evangelicals should have is the state codifying religious bigotry and suppressing all people of faith. This fear is not a desire for a theocracy. It is quite the opposite.

Some forget that Obama and McCain had a forum at a rather large Evangelical church in Orange County, California four years ago. What is heard by most in our culture today are TV preachers, not to be named, rather than the rest of us. I personally know Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and independents all who are leaders. The point is that Evangelicals are surely not silent about Romney’s Mormonism, it is just that the red meat is being shunned. And, I think that is a good thing. What do you think?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

25 comments

  1. 1.  Evangelicals are very ignorant of Mormonism and many other world religions ie Islam, Hinduism, etc.2. The word “cult” has a very negative connotation attached to it.  When the media uses or hears the word “cult” they use it in reference to Jim Jones, David Koresh, Heavens Gate, etc.  When someone from a Christian/Biblical worldview uses the word “cult” they use it to define a religious teaching not in holding to fundamental Christian doctrine. 

    1. I think most Americans, Evangelical or otherwise, are very to somewhat ignorant of world religions. So, I am not sure that Evangelicals people are too much different from the rest of the American population. As far as Mormonism, by region I am pretty sure they are more known than you suggest. 
      And, you are right about the use of the word “cult” and further iterated why it really is not useful. 

      I am curious as to the question I posed. Do you think its a good thing the red meat has not been devoured? And, that Evangelicals are a bigger tent than the media portrays?

  2. 1.  Evangelicals are very ignorant of Mormonism and many other world religions ie Islam, Hinduism, etc.2. The word “cult” has a very negative connotation attached to it.  When the media uses or hears the word “cult” they use it in reference to Jim Jones, David Koresh, Heavens Gate, etc.  When someone from a Christian/Biblical worldview uses the word “cult” they use it to define a religious teaching not in holding to fundamental Christian doctrine. 

    1. I think most Americans, Evangelical or otherwise, are very to somewhat ignorant of world religions. So, I am not sure that Evangelicals people are too much different from the rest of the American population. As far as Mormonism, by region I am pretty sure they are more known than you suggest. 
      And, you are right about the use of the word “cult” and further iterated why it really is not useful. 
      I am curious as to the question I posed. Do you think its a good thing the red meat has not been devoured? And, that Evangelicals are a bigger tent than the media portrays?

  3. 1.  Evangelicals are very ignorant of Mormonism and many other world religions ie Islam, Hinduism, etc.2. The word “cult” has a very negative connotation attached to it.  When the media uses or hears the word “cult” they use it in reference to Jim Jones, David Koresh, Heavens Gate, etc.  When someone from a Christian/Biblical worldview uses the word “cult” they use it to define a religious teaching not in holding to fundamental Christian doctrine. 

    1. I think most Americans, Evangelical or otherwise, are very to somewhat ignorant of world religions. So, I am not sure that Evangelicals people are too much different from the rest of the American population. As far as Mormonism, by region I am pretty sure they are more known than you suggest. 
      And, you are right about the use of the word “cult” and further iterated why it really is not useful. 

      I am curious as to the question I posed. Do you think its a good thing the red meat has not been devoured? And, that Evangelicals are a bigger tent than the media portrays?

  4. 1.  Evangelicals are very ignorant of Mormonism and many other world religions ie Islam, Hinduism, etc.2. The word “cult” has a very negative connotation attached to it.  When the media uses or hears the word “cult” they use it in reference to Jim Jones, David Koresh, Heavens Gate, etc.  When someone from a Christian/Biblical worldview uses the word “cult” they use it to define a religious teaching not in holding to fundamental Christian doctrine. 

    1. I think most Americans, Evangelical or otherwise, are very to somewhat ignorant of world religions. So, I am not sure that Evangelicals people are too much different from the rest of the American population. As far as Mormonism, by region I am pretty sure they are more known than you suggest. 
      And, you are right about the use of the word “cult” and further iterated why it really is not useful. 

      I am curious as to the question I posed. Do you think its a good thing the red meat has not been devoured? And, that Evangelicals are a bigger tent than the media portrays?

  5. 1.  Evangelicals are very ignorant of Mormonism and many other world religions ie Islam, Hinduism, etc.2. The word “cult” has a very negative connotation attached to it.  When the media uses or hears the word “cult” they use it in reference to Jim Jones, David Koresh, Heavens Gate, etc.  When someone from a Christian/Biblical worldview uses the word “cult” they use it to define a religious teaching not in holding to fundamental Christian doctrine. 

    1. I think most Americans, Evangelical or otherwise, are very to somewhat ignorant of world religions. So, I am not sure that Evangelicals people are too much different from the rest of the American population. As far as Mormonism, by region I am pretty sure they are more known than you suggest. 
      And, you are right about the use of the word “cult” and further iterated why it really is not useful. 

      I am curious as to the question I posed. Do you think its a good thing the red meat has not been devoured? And, that Evangelicals are a bigger tent than the media portrays?

  6. I know I already left this comment on your posted link on Facebook, but thought it should be here. Hope that’s ok.
    Very interesting post, Rich. I love how you think. I’m not simply referring to your conclusions, but the way you carefully examine issues, holding your ground of convictions without coming across as a stubborn jerk. Very admirable.

    As to the question that you posited at the end of your post…I think it’s best that some of the bickering that often is done in name of religion, but is actually mere politics, is being shunned. I am tired of politics becoming such a swaying force in the church. To me politics and government, though similar, are not the snake things. I think Christians should be very active in the form and function of our government just as we should in the arts and culture, etc. But politics in the church is polarizing not unifying. I seem to remember a certain young man praying in a garden somewhere that we be one…

  7. I know I already left this comment on your posted link on Facebook, but thought it should be here. Hope that’s ok.
    Very interesting post, Rich. I love how you think. I’m not simply referring to your conclusions, but the way you carefully examine issues, holding your ground of convictions without coming across as a stubborn jerk. Very admirable.
    As to the question that you posited at the end of your post…I think it’s best that some of the bickering that often is done in name of religion, but is actually mere politics, is being shunned. I am tired of politics becoming such a swaying force in the church. To me politics and government, though similar, are not the snake things. I think Christians should be very active in the form and function of our government just as we should in the arts and culture, etc. But politics in the church is polarizing not unifying. I seem to remember a certain young man praying in a garden somewhere that we be one…

    1. Re-reading my comment above, I hope it makes sense…

  8. I know I already left this comment on your posted link on Facebook, but thought it should be here. Hope that’s ok.
    Very interesting post, Rich. I love how you think. I’m not simply referring to your conclusions, but the way you carefully examine issues, holding your ground of convictions without coming across as a stubborn jerk. Very admirable.

    As to the question that you posited at the end of your post…I think it’s best that some of the bickering that often is done in name of religion, but is actually mere politics, is being shunned. I am tired of politics becoming such a swaying force in the church. To me politics and government, though similar, are not the snake things. I think Christians should be very active in the form and function of our government just as we should in the arts and culture, etc. But politics in the church is polarizing not unifying. I seem to remember a certain young man praying in a garden somewhere that we be one…

  9. I know I already left this comment on your posted link on Facebook, but thought it should be here. Hope that’s ok.
    Very interesting post, Rich. I love how you think. I’m not simply referring to your conclusions, but the way you carefully examine issues, holding your ground of convictions without coming across as a stubborn jerk. Very admirable.

    As to the question that you posited at the end of your post…I think it’s best that some of the bickering that often is done in name of religion, but is actually mere politics, is being shunned. I am tired of politics becoming such a swaying force in the church. To me politics and government, though similar, are not the snake things. I think Christians should be very active in the form and function of our government just as we should in the arts and culture, etc. But politics in the church is polarizing not unifying. I seem to remember a certain young man praying in a garden somewhere that we be one…

  10. I know I already left this comment on your posted link on Facebook, but thought it should be here. Hope that’s ok.
    Very interesting post, Rich. I love how you think. I’m not simply referring to your conclusions, but the way you carefully examine issues, holding your ground of convictions without coming across as a stubborn jerk. Very admirable.

    As to the question that you posited at the end of your post…I think it’s best that some of the bickering that often is done in name of religion, but is actually mere politics, is being shunned. I am tired of politics becoming such a swaying force in the church. To me politics and government, though similar, are not the snake things. I think Christians should be very active in the form and function of our government just as we should in the arts and culture, etc. But politics in the church is polarizing not unifying. I seem to remember a certain young man praying in a garden somewhere that we be one…

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