This ancient symbol has had many interpretations of its meaning. It is called the ouroboros. A common explanation is that it represents the recycling of life. I’d like to suggest that this is precisely what happens when some religionists can’t let go of something that is killing them. In this case it is some evangelical Christians who can’t stop hating Mormons.
Since the inception of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there have been some “Christians”, willing to tar and feather, rape and pillage, invoke extermination orders (and many more unthinkable and vile actions) against people who celebrate their religion here on American soil.
These are the same people who descended from Church affiliations that were similarly persecuted only a couple of generations before in Europe for the exact same reasons. At one time Martin Luther nailed his thesis on the door of a Catholic cathedral because he had expressed what no one before had been able to do. He listed all the reasons why the Catholic church had become an abomination to Christianity. Luther spent the rest of his life in exile and hiding.
So what have some “Christians” done in the same vein? They have preached and indoctrinated hatred of the Mormon Church. This week Pat Robertson, co-founder of the “Moral Majority” has endorsed Rudy Giuliani: a cross-dressing, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda GOP candidate. This defies any imagination. Sam Brownback endorsed John McCain. This is on the heels of Senator Kevin Bryant, a former Brownback supporter, who switched his loyalties to Mitt Romney.
So why are some of these professed Christians so antagonistic to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? It sounds like just plain old jealousy. As their Church memberships struggle, the LDS church steadily increases in membership all over the world. The Church is making great efforts to keep up with the increasing inquiries people have about LDS beliefs. At this time they have sent two “ambassadors” to Washington DC to visit Editorial Boards to address the many misconceptions of the Church. So regardless of what is preached from some Christian pulpits and cult classes, people are realizing that the indoctrination of hatred and intolerance within the Christian community needs to be recognized, addressed and abolished.
An interesting piece written by Lowell C. Brown for Meridian Magazine, explains just how far these fringe affiliations are willing to go to destroy themselves:
More to the point: I am a member of the Church, and like all believing Mormons, I consider Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. If someone has a problem with that, too bad. Neither Land nor anyone else can expect any Church member to say otherwise; to do so would be to deny our faith. My guess is that people will get wearier and wearier of hearing such theologically arcane attacks, which, whatever their underlying intent, are in effect cheap shots. Over time people like Land are simply going to be marginalized.
He also points out the profound dangers this reasoning invokes:
Also consider this: Some conservatives (e.g. Ramesh Ponnuru) argue that Republicans must be pragmatic and avoid nominating someone like Romney because the prejudice against Mormons (regrettable though it may be) is a hurdle Republicans don’t need in 2008. Does that same pragmatism hold true for Huckabee, whose only private sector job (I think) was as a Baptist minister?
Why is this so disturbing? There are many reasons, but here’s the big one, in my mind: A serious, respected conservative thinker, in perhaps the leading conservative journal, is making an argument for the GOP’s taking religious bigotry into account in deciding whom to nominate. Many will find his argument persuasive; after all, it is logical, or at least pragmatic.
And yet … and yet … Ponnuru is arguing for pragmatism over principle: “The country’s not ready for a Mormon president; it shouldn’t be that way, but it is, so let’s just acquiesce to that prejudice.”
Here’s another point. This last weekend Mike Huckabee was introduced as the chosen one of God from a pulpit by Larry Huch. Precisely, Larry Huch said Sunday:
The Almighty, who chose a Goliath-slayer to reign over Israel years ago, apparently has selected an Arkansan to rule over the United States, the Irving pastor repeatedly told his congregation as Mike Huckabee stood nearby.
Huch, saying he believes he has a word from God for the Republican hopeful, quoted a Scripture passage from 1 Samuel that ends with the Lord declaring: “Arise and anoint [David to lead the nation ] for this is the one.”
The crowd, some of them wearing yarmulkes, cheered noisily after Huch’s declaration, and they later stretched their hands toward Huckabee as they prayed for campaignseason favor from heaven.
“I believe that Sen. Huckabee is the David that you’ve brought in to be a head over this nation’s house,” Huch said, misstating Huckabee’s political rank. “And Father, I ask for the blessing on him, on his family, on their campaign, that you will keep them safe, you will give them wisdom, that you will give him favor, for he is giving you all the praise and all the glory.”
John S from Article VI blog, expressed the outrage succinctly:
…Lowell? What if Hinckley proclaimed a prophecy concerning Romney? That is precisely analogous to this guy and his claim to have “received a word.” If Hinckley did so it would be front page news in the Washington Post, the New York Times, et. al. and yet here I am reading it on the blog of a local Arkansas reporter when it comes to a Baptist.
I find myself beyond words here. By implication, Huckabee has accepted apparent direct divine selection. And people think Romney will have a problem with his church telling him what to do? Oh please! What happens the first time this fool of a pastor “gets a word” that Huckabee is supposed to declare war on Europe, or liberate some African nation?
The good news is that Mike Huckabee was deftly interviewed about his religion by Bill O’Reilly on the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News a few days ago (from Lowell C. Brown).
At one point O’Reilly pressed Huckabee on his religious beliefs, asking, “Do you believe only those who believe in Jesus will go to heaven?” (A silly question to ask a presidential candidate.) Huckabee properly avoided a direct answer, saying only that he believed that for him, faith in Jesus Christ is the only path.
In his view, Huckabee stated, the most important thing was for candidates to “be honest about” their faith. At first I wondered what he meant by that, but he later clarified that he’s talking about living up to one’s Christian beliefs, rather than professing Christianity but living a lesser standard.
In short, in his deflection of religious-based questions, Huckabee sounded a lot like Mitt Romney when he is asked such questions. My first thought was to if dialogues like the O’Reilly-Huckabee exchange aren’t actually helpful by putting the issue in perspective and taking pressure off Romney. If nothing else, the interview reminded voters that Romney’s not the only religious conservative running in 2008 — and that the questions Huckabee is starting to get are just as irrelevant to his candidacy as they are to Romney’s.
So what does all this mean for us? It means that there are those willing to sell out on the principle of hatred of a fellow Christian faith at the sacrifice of the millions of lives lost each year from abortion. And there are those who will not. Have you viewed an aborted child recently? I suggest you take the time.
It also endorses the demise of the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. Most people will not gamble or compromise their principles away so easily. Most people will allow the legitimizing of another another Christian faith because they understand the pressing need to lock arms with others to strengthen the American resolve to preserve the founding Judeo-Christian principles of our nation.
They do not want to eat their own tail and thereby destroy themselves for the sake of an inherent scorn of another faith’s success. This is the price true Americans and true Christians are willing to take.
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