Today, I must confess that I am not in a good mood. I blame the political environment.
Let me explain.
Today, as I drove my kids to the High School radio station after radio station was talking about Harry Reid and his opinions of Mitt Romney.
I don’t normally get into politics, but today I’d like to remind you, Mr. Reid, that we are all the “face of Mormonism” – you are, Romney is, I am. Everything we do and say somehow reflects what we believe and what we practice.
Matt.5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candle stick, and it giveth light until all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good work and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”
You, Mr. Reid reportedly believes that Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism. What exactly does that mean? I can see from many examples how Romney’s exercise of his religion. I can’t say I know much about you, Mr. Reid, or what it is that would qualifies you to speak on what is and what is not a valid practice of our supposedly common faith.
I am not claiming whom I support in the political arena. Frankly, I have lost faith in our process. Democracy is quickly dying. You, Mr. Reid is the perfect example.
For those who see Mormonism itself as a barrier to support, it would be good to remember that we are electing a Commander in Chief, not a Theologian in Chief. We do not have to agree with every element of the new President’s faith. Even in the evangelical protestant religious community there are differences between groups like the Baptists and Pentecostals… differences between Protestants and Catholics. Religious differences are a fact of life and a very few people will be able to vote for the candidate who sits under the ministry of the same church. So, what are we to do?
My point is that we all need to carefully consider what we want in a President. I would think we should start with a man (or woman, someday perhaps) of character. If the person holding the highest office in the land does not have personal character, nothing he promises or attempts to do can be relied upon. Experience and wisdom are two other characteristics essential in the leader of the free world. The current administration has shown that without them, everything just falls apart. The presidency is not a place for on the job training.
Getting back to your comment about Romney not being a good representative of his faith – how do his actions reflect on Mormons in general? As a Mormon I hope to have a reputation for a squeaky clean morality. In spite of attempts to destroy the man and his credibility, I feel that Romney’s life stands as an example for all to emulate. He is well known to be a faithful husband and loving father to his family. That is seems to be a cut above many currently in Washington. Numerous people have come forward with stories of how Romney and his family have personally helped people, both individually and as a representative of his church. I want to be known for the same thing.
Romney’s traditional family life, may, to the Democrats, be a disqualifying factor. However, for most productive Americans, these are desirable qualities.
He is a successful business man, something else that makes him suspect to the current political arena. In an honest evaluation, there is nothing here that would seem to make him a questionable representative of his church… unless one were working with an alternate value system – a value system that permits you to spread false stories about a political enemies tax returns, and continuously lie to the public about legislation along with the president’s actions and motives, while refusing to permit the Senate to perform its basic duties, like pass a budget.
Those who want to see negative, will always find something whine about. While we may not all be in complete agreement with every one of Romney’s policies, it is hard to argue that his is not a good, moral man. Yet this is exactly what you, Harry Reid is doing when you say Romney is not the face of Mormonism. Frankly, if he were, it would be a good face. Should you, Harry Reid, be the face, the church would be worthy of all the negative images people have in the back of their minds. Fortunately for the LDS church, you are is not no more the face of the church than Romney, yet Romney gives a strong main stream image to the world. He would also make a good image to the rest of the world for our country.
So again, Mr. Reid. may I remind you that we are all the face of Mormonism. Bitter accusations are not doing you, the country, or your faith any good.
As for my own action… I have been reminded that my own actions and my words must reflect my testimony of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of the World. I must work to help those in need. I most work to preserve freedom and choice and justice. I must work to make a stronger family and to build the families of other. Most of all, I need to work hard to put God first and to let His light shine through me to testify of His goodness and glory.
Please Mr. Reid… consider joining me.
A Fellow Mormon.