Not since John F. Kennedy stumped for the White House in 1960 has the faith of a leading president candidate been questioned as Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. Many evangelicals say aloud that the Republican frontrunner is not an authentic Christian.
Indeed, if the former Massachusetts governor fails to win tomorrow’s Iowa caucus, it will be attributable in no small part to the unwillingness of the Hawkeye state’s evangelical community to bless him with their votes.
Well, Romney is not a Methodist, like former President George W. Bush, or Episcopalian, like former President George Herbert Walker Bush, or a member of Disciples of Christ, like late great President Ronald Reagan, but belongs to a faith that acknowledges the Lord in its very name – the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints.
“We consider Jesus Christ the son of God without parallel,” Romney told People magazine back in November. It seems to me that if anyone acknowledges that Jesus is Lord – as Romney has – he should be embraced by the evangelical community as a brother in Christ, rather than rejected.