Mitt Remains Silent, But this Mormon Woman Speaks
While being pummeled by reporters with more and more questions and accusations about his Mormon faith on Monday in New Hampshire, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulled a Casey Anthony and remained silent. The stones cast were not new. He has bit hit by them before. They have been brought to the forefront again, though, thanks to Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas and avid Rick Perry supporter. Perry just happens to be Romney's central rival for the GOP nomination and Pastor Jeffress seems to think it’s his place as a religious leader to be the one to make accusations that Romney’s Mormon faith is a cult, as Jeffress did over the weekend.
By definition, a cult is a particular system of religious worship shared by a group of people. Isn’t every religion a cult? However, thanks to the Kool-Aid-drinking followers of Jim Jones, the word “cult” immediately incites negative feelings and conjures up images of people blindly following a leader without making any inquiries or decisions for themselves. Jeffress is without question using the word to paint Romney in a bad light. Who can blame him? What better way to bring down the opponent than to describe Romney’s faith, the very core of his existence, with a word that has a negative connotation?
I was raised in the Catholic faith but converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the “Mormon” church) almost thirty years ago. I sought out the faith on my own and made the decision for myself to accept it. I’m an independent thinker, a wife, a mother, and an entrepreneur. I chose this religion. I chose this lifestyle of seeking out things that are virtuous, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy. I chose this lifestyle of personal sacrifice. I can also choose at any time to walk away. I am a Christian. I believe, as all Mormons do, in Jesus Christ. (If you doubt that, please explain to me why His name is in the name of our church. Can you do that, Pastor Jeffress?)
Isn’t the real cult, by Jeffress use of the word, the group of people who engage in the use of negative words to bring down what they fear? Isn’t the real cult the group of people who take Jeffress word for it without exploring the subject for themselves to discover the truth?