I AM A MORMON...AND I AM A CHRISTIAN
Friday night Michael was channel surfing and came across Anderson 360. He was interviewing Dr. Robert Jeffress. He is the senior pastor for First Baptist Dallas.
Dr. Jeffress was talking about his endorsement for Rick Perry as the GOP presidential candidate. He then stated that Mitt Romney was a Mormon; Mormonism was a cult; and Christians should not vote for Mitt Romney.
I was floored when Dr. Jeffress proclaimed Mormons as non Christians. This man was talking about a subject he had obviously not researched and knew little, if anything, regarding the religion.
I am a Mormon and I am a Christian. For those of you who may not know, Mormon is a nickname; it is not the correct name of my church. The proper title is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. How much clearer can it be that we are Christian?
I am Christian in every sense of the word. I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior. I believe the only way to return to Heavenly Father is through Christ. I believe I can only be saved through my Savior.
Dr. Jeffress also alienated Buddhists and Hindus; and he wasn't exactly raving about Catholicism.
Dr. Jeffress did not act in a Christian manner. I think he belittled other religions, trying to place his candidate and himself upon an pedestal.
I hope Rick Perry is considering distancing himself from Dr. Jeffress. I do not think the doctor is helping his cause.
I know recent polls show that almost 25% of Americans would not vote for a Mormon president. This tells me that ignorance and discrimination are still rampant, even in the 21st century.
My Christian beliefs dictate that I do not bash the beliefs of others. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, etc... I know that most of us have an innate goodness. Each person is striving to live the golden rule, whatever he/she calls it.
If you want to know more about the Mormon church, please do not take the word of Dr. Jeffress. Visit www.lds.org; talk to a Mormon friend or neighbor; or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to answer any questions.
Just please don't call me something I am not. I am a Mormon and I am a Christian.
(See the 4 minute video below to see some of what Anderson Cooper and Dr. Jeffress discussed.)