Friday, February 8, 2008

Romney, Mormons and Evangelism

I am not confused about whether Mormons are Christians. They are not. The "gospel" they have is no gospel at all.

Years ago in college I knew a Mormon guy. Part of what he had factored into his life was to spend two years as a Mormon missionary "evangelizing" for his faith - you know, one of a pair of guys with bicycles wearing suits.

Yesterday Mitt Romney was in the news for withdrawing from the presidential campaign 2008. If nothing else, he certainly understands economics. Crunching the noses of delegates and the numbers of contributions must have convinced him to retreat to fight another day.

As "being restored" believers there is a lot we could learn from the Mormons. We need their evangelistic zeal. We have the Truth (John 14:6), and we handle it lightly. Most of us don't factor into our lives two intentional years of being a missionary.

We also need their clean-cut family values. Look at the Romney family. Of course, they may have "cleaned up" for the presidential campaign run, but I don't think so. They have lived in the public eye for a long time. I saw an interview with the Romney sons. It was quite clear that they genuinely enjoy each other. Once again, we have the Way but as being restored believers we don't model Him in our family relationships like we should.

We have the Life! We walk in a world screaming for meaning and life and restoration. Living and sharing that Life takes time, energy and even sacrifice. It takes being willing to live and love others in ways that show them Jesus!

"Restoration" and "Restoration Heart" are simply words or titles unless we live and model God's restoration to a broken world!

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