Christian Candidate?

Christian Candidate

Dear Godvoter,

Thank you very much for the great disservice you have done by trying to define for us which candidates are "Christian" and which candidates are not. It strikes me as ironic that your top rated candidate would go against Jesus' teachings by further leading us into war and would go against the biblical mandate on hospitality and care for the aliens among us by advocating ultra tough immigration policies. I also find it helpful to learn that Methodists and Catholics are not Christians and that Jesus, who spent as much time among Samaritans and Romans as he did among faithful Jews, would encourage "Christian candidates" to use their national forums as platforms for bashing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

As a Christian, my faith deeply affects how I vote. I look for candidates who have compassion for the poor, have respect for people of other religions and cultures, have inner strength to carry them through tough times, seek to help the marginalized and disenfranchised find a place and who have economic policies that curb the excesses of greed while strengthening the vulnerable. If you used these criteria instead of a legalistic questionnaire about abortion and homosexuality and unbiblical questions about tax policy, you might find that more of this year's field might be living out their Christian faith than you have currently concluded.

Fritz Nelson
Malverne, New York response:

Mormonism is a cult and its self-crafted official name you used is a deceptive misnomer. While your concerns for the poor, the disenfranchised and against greed are commendable, they do not negate the Bible verses against abortion and homosexuality.

But what is most troubling about your email is a pastor claiming that Jesus "spent as much time among Samaritans and Romans as he did among faithful Jews." How long has it been since you've read the Bible? Jesus spoke of and met the occasional Samaritan but spent very little time with them, and even less with the Romans. The vast majority of His time was spent with the Jews, very few of whom were "faithful" as you claim.

Please be sure to study the Bible before preaching, for the sake of your congregation (see false preachers), and yourself:

"My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment."
(James 3:1)