The EFM Feature

Several readers have taken issue with Friday’s post pointing to Ravi Zacharias’ recent statement on Governor Romney. The objection, as I understand it, is that by virtue of being a Mormon–and thus subscribing to incorrect doctrine–Governor Romney cannot really have a Judeo-Christian worldview. But to say that misapprehending the exact nature of God–as, I would argue and these readers would agree, Mormon doctrine does–necessarily prevents one from having a Judeo-Christian worldview is to ignore history.
I am sure that it is beyond question among would-be supporters of Governor Romney that the United States has Judeo-Christian roots. Those roots, of course, came from the Founding period and the older ideas upon which it drew. It’s fair to say, then, that the Founding Fathers established a nation with Judeo-Christian roots because that was their worldview.
Well, there’s the problem for these critics. It is also beyond question–though far too many people don’t know it–that many of the Founding Fathers rejected key doctrines of historic Christianity. According to Michael Novak, the list of those “on the extreme end of the non-Christian tail” would include “Tom Paine, Monroe, Jefferson, Franklin, and possibly John Adams and Madison.”
If you believe that those men established a Judeo-Christian foundation for our nation, you can’t possibly argue that one must have perfect theology in order to, using Zacharias’ words, “understand the Judeo-Christian world view”–and to govern accordingly.
As we’ve said before, the God in whom those of us running this site believe is all-powerful. He’s more than powerful enough to work through those who incorrectly apprehend His nature. He’s done just that in America, not to mention in the Old Testament. He controls history by working through leaders as He sees fit, whether those leaders’ faith is orthodox or not. All we have to do is trust Him to do it.

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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