Friday, November 14, 2008

Appreciation to The Mormons

Aunt Natalie sent this to me...I thought it was appropriate.

Proposition 8 is now a part of the California constitution!

That is probably the best news from an otherwise difficult election forconservatives and Republicans. In very large part, we Evangelicals mustthank our Mormon cousins for that fact. They, along with our Catholicbrethren, were better organized than us and that provided a base from whichwe could ALL work together to get this job done. What more, as we havechronicled here, Mormons took the brunt of the abuse, derision, and eventhreats of physical harm that came with this effort.

And like us, they have given thanks to the Almighty that is ultimately incontrol, even if their understanding of that Almighty is a bit diffrent than ours.

I cannot help but wonder how much more thankful we ALL might be today if wehad been more willing to embrace these religious cousins a few months ago -but alas, politics is always about governing today and looking forward tothe next election.

<> Said John Mark Reynolds:
In the battle for the family, however, traditional Christians have no betterfriends than the Mormon faithful. It would be wrong if that support weretaken for granted. We are intolerant of the false attacks on Mormon faithand family. We stand with our Mormon friends in their right to express theirviews on the public square. We celebrate the areas, such as family values,where we agree.
A heart felt thank you may not win points from other friends who demand onehundred percent agreement from their allies, but it is the decent and properthing to do.
Thank you to our Mormon friends and allies!

Hard to do better than that.
<> The "Ruth Youth"ministry proclaimed yesterday "International Mormon Appreciation Day." Very appropriate, yet still inadequate.

In addition to our thanks, Mormons deserve our protection. They have beenoppressed in ways during the Prop 8 campaign that this nation has not seensince the 1960's and the civil rights movement. The rhetoric has beendeplorable, but moreover. we have seen instances of vandalism, property destruction, and some leaders in the fight currently find themselves witharmed protection because of the threats made against them and their families.

Our nation will not and cannot tolerate this sort of behavior - it isincumbent on all of us to stand against it, and the best way to do that isto stand between the Mormons and the forces that would perpetrate such evil.

Now I am sure the Mormons can, and probably want, to take care of themselves, but as a Christian, it is my duty to protect the innocent andfree the oppressed. To turn a blind eye in this circumstance is not onlyungracious, it is simply unChristian.

Make all the theological distinctions you want, but in the political arenawe are yoked with the Mormons (he said borrowing some religious imagery) andit is darn well time we started acting like it.

Absolutely, positively thank the Mormons - but don't stop there. Stand upand be counted against the evil that has been perpetrated towards them inthis campaign.

As Christians we can do no less.

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