Are you a Christian? Who cares.


I think that all active members of the Church need to get over the fact that no matter what we do or say, there will still be critics who will Mormons as people who have been brainwashed into worshipping Satan and sacrificing babies in their temples. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but hopefully it makes the point.

The problem is not with us and our professed believes in Jesus as savior of the world, but it is with the critics and their definition of who is, and who is not, Christian.

Here is how it works. Christianity, as a religion, covers a very broad and diverse spectrum. In that spectrum there liberal Christians at one end, people like Revolution Church founder Jay Bakker, who happens to be the son of the infamous televangelist James Bakker. Jay represents the most liberal of Churches considering anyone who comes through the door a member and a Christian.

On the other end of the spectrum there are conservatives and fundamentalists like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, those who produce anti-Mormon publications, and the fallen Ted Haggard. In their eyes your beliefs must conform to theirs in order to be considered a Christian in their eyes. If one is to deviate in the slightest from their rather narrow interpretation of scripture, their claims to being Christian are rejected and they are then labeled secular humanists or cultists, depending on who they are talking about, and whom you talk to.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members find themselves in an interesting position. While we do not embrace the liberal stance of Bakker and adherents to the extreme liberal view of Christianity, we also shun the close minded, and often hate filled stances that are often taken by the likes of Robertson and Falwell. Because of this middle ground, we find ourselves criticized by those on either extreme ends of the spectrum, and often misunderstood by everyone else in between.

From now on, I am not even going to try and convince critics that I am Christian, because it probably won’t work. I will testify of my conviction that Jesus is not only the Savior of the world but also my Savior and leave it at that. In the end I think that is all that any member of the Church can do.

Nor do I think it very productive to point why I am like other Christians. Instead I am going to celebrate what sets my faith apart from others and am going to be firm in my conviction that whether or not you are Christian, depends more on the heart of the individual and if they follow Jesus teachings as found in the scriptures, then it does the definitions of talking heads who often have hidden agendas.


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