A couple of weeks ago I was talking with some friends of mine. We were reading the newspaper, and Mitt Romney's name was found in one of the news reports. I made the comment that I like Mitt Romney, and one of the guys said, "Too bad he is a Mormon and not a Christian. I can't vote for anybody but a Christian." Needless to say, this sparked a conversation like dry tinder being set ablaze. We have learned that it is not wise to discuss such topics as they tend to get heated, but we do it anyway. Why is it do you think that people are so dedicated to their convictions and beliefs, without really even knowing why they hold them? So many people have convictional beliefs mainly because tradition deems so with how they were raised. Others still are easily pursuaded by others to come over to their side.
The question that I would like to raise is quite simple: "Does a President have to be a Christian in order to get your vote?" I like asking this after a major election, but well prior to a future one. Hopefully emotions have settled down, and I can get your mind running. When my wife had cancer I did not interview only surgeons that were Christians in order to perform the delicate procedure. No, I wanted the best at what they did. Just because you are a Christian does not mean that you have the best business acumen . This is not to say that we shouldn't strive for a man in office that is a Follower of Christ. Please don't misunderstand what I am saying here. I am a strong Christian gentleman who would love to vote only for Christians.
Romans 13:1-2 states, "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." This scripture blew my mind. To think that God is in control of all authority, whether we elected them or not. Remember Paul was writing this passage to the Christians in Rome, when Nero was in power, and he was notorious for lighting his walkways with Christians set ablaze. A little hard to swallow.
I would love your comments on this Blog. Is it essential that a President be elected as a Christian? President George W. Bush professes to be a Christian. President Barak Obama also professes to be a Christian. Do we make our decision on who to vote for based primarily on their professed religious convictions, or their proven business track history?