Monday, December 10, 2007

Double Standard for Christian Candidates

I have noticed an increasingly obvious double standard when it comes to Christian political candidates, which as really been hammered home over the last week. Candidates whose religion is not consistent with mainstream Christianity, such as Romney’s Mormon beliefs, are applauded for their fervent faith. I have heard the reports of how no one should be influenced not to vote for Romney because he is Mormon; rather we should embrace these diversities. Charles Krauthammer in his column, “Huckabee Plays the Religion Card,” even suggests that not voting for Romeny because he is Mormon is in violation of Article VI of the Constitution.

On the other hand, Huckabee is being admonished for even bringing up that he is a Christian. His ad stating that he is a “Christian Leader” has been portrayed by the media as a direct shot at Romney. For the MSM, candidates can be Christians but they must not ever state that anyone else is not a Christian. For example, when Huckabee appeared on Hardball a few days ago, Chris Matthew hammered him by asking if he believes Mormons and Jews are going to heaven. The media attempts to force Christians into a secular inclusive stance of saying that while they are a Christian everyone has their own path and all these paths may lead to heaven. This same standard is not applied to other religions. Have you ever seen Romney asked if he believes Huckabee is going to heaven?

Christians believe Christ’s word in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to Father but through me.” This does not mean that we force this on anyone else; rather, we believe that people must freely choose to follow Christ. Obviously, everyone has the right to believe whatever they want to believe and they only have to answer to God on this. But this does not translate that we must accept all religions as Truth. If all religions are true, then no religion is true as all (or at least most) religions believe they are true.

I am proud of Huckabee for not compromising his faith. He has been given every opportunity to deny Christ yet he has remained faithful.

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