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…is this e-mail from reader Nathan:

I do not know what feedback you are getting from other Mormons, but I, for one, think that Al Mohler’s article was a terrific. It was a thoughtful and well articulated piece on where we are working on common objectives.
As I wrote to Nancy the other day, I think that Mormons and non-Mormons get caught up in a battle of semantics sometimes. With the way that you define the word “Christian” (which embodies not only a belief in Christ, but the tenets that go along with traditional reformist positions) then Mormons are not Christian. The way that Mormons define the word “Christian” (which really embodies that we believe in Christ, and also believe that He leads the church through apostles and prophets) it becomes clear that, semantically, we are talking about different things. It is a shame when we use the same term, from obviously different perspectives, to try to define the other.
The thing that makes a Mormon bristle and get confrontational more than anything else, is a claim that we do not believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are different in how we base our doctrines, but it is my firm belief that this common claim of discipleship of the Savior is what establishes the common moral positions that Al Mohler expounded on.
If you claim that Mitt Romney would be a great president, even though his faith is misdirected, then you have missed the common element of our united goals. Mitt Romney’s faith in Jesus Christ is what defines what he is doing. Your statement that you do not want Mitt as your pastor is perfectly okay. I would not want you as my bishop. We have different beliefs and doctrines. But Jesus makes us of the same purpose when it comes to defeating secularism and immorality. Jesus puts us on the same side of the war against evil.
Let’s agree that at church, our doctrines are different, but in the war for what is right in this country, our battle is empowered by the fact that we both claim Jesus Christ as our Savior. Just like Jesus always reached out to the Samaritan, who had a common belief in the Messiah, even though their doctrines varied from traditional Judaism; so too, can we do as Jesus did, and reach out in common belief to each other. Maybe, from your perspective, Mormons are like Samaritans; but did not Jesus use a Samaritan in His example of someone helping another in dire need?
I thank God that you and the others at EFM are doing what you are doing. I am amazed at your insight and wisdom in covering this most important campaign. I know that He is blessing and strengthening you. Thanks for the time that you put into this.
May God’s grace continue to empower your efforts.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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