Does Mormonism Bother You?
The cold, hard reality of the situation for many of us is this: we claim to be of a certain faith, because that is either what our parents wanted or somebody from our childhood who exerted influence decreed. We are raised and educated in a particular church or religion and often abandon it when older, never quite rejecting it publicly -- but pretty much ignoring it as we wander through life in search of our own identity. It serves a purpose for weddings or funerals or any other reason churches are used for, but it ends there. Yet, nobody questions us in public life about it because we are somehow associated with a mainstream religion -- when, in fact, we may really have no faith at all. So which is worse -- no faith or faith in something that seems to promote mainstream Christianity's social behavior and treatment of others, but which we don't understand?
From what I gather about Mormons, they are God-fearing, family-oriented people who stand up for their principles and are generally devoted to their faith. I personally know a few who take time to be with their families and teach the value of respect, integrity and the golden rule to their kids. In fact, I think they might be more tolerant and kind than a great many fundamentalist Christians I know. I have read nothing that tells me that they would not make a decent president because of something their religion teaches. Their policies or personal feelings about an issue could be a reason to stop and reconsider, but in general, I see nothing at all in their faith that makes me say "wait a minute, we can't have one of them in the White House."
This election season I think I will leave a person's religious faith out of the realm of consideration and focus on issues that hit home like job creation, gas prices and the overall health of the economy.
I think Jesus put it best when He said "render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's." - Matthew 22:21