The Election Season Musings on Mormon Candidates

It has been nearly a year since Mitt Romney, a prominent member of the Mormon church, became the Republican front runner for the office of President of the United States.  His faith has been mentioned repeatedly by the media and others, but he seems to be a non-person in church services.  Perhaps in deference to the minority of Democrats / Obama supporters in the congregation, or perhaps out of sensitivity to discussing politics at all inside the church, Mitt Romney has not been discussed.  It has been a little surreal.  I’m curious how politics is treated in other faiths?

Here is a link to the church’s official position:
http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/official-statement/political-neutrality

If there is one thing I have learned from my 41 years in the church, it is that the church tries to be consistent in upholding its standards and strictly adhering to policy.  I suspect that my experience is similar to most Mormons in that we don’t hear much about Romney- in official venues and meetings.  Outside of church meetings, Mormons probably run the gamut of political opinions from “Romney has been chosen by God to lead this country” to “he better not screw up and make us all look bad”.  I know the types who hold the “chosen by God” viewpoint really offend the more liberal among us.  I laugh.  Since many non-politically inclined members of my church suspect that my willingness to call Fox less-than “Fair and Balanced” and my self proclaimed libertarian sympathies means I’m “liberal”, I am guessing that they are more guarded in their dialogue around me.

Purpose of this Blog

Religion has been a source of pain, conflict, and suffering for millenia.  It has also been a source of inspiration, knowledge, and peace for countless millions.  Why such varied impacts?

I can only speak from personal experience.  My faith experience has generally been very positive.  There have also been aspects of belonging to a faith group that are regretable.  I would like to analyze what works, what doesn’t, and why.  I’d like to share those insights here.  I welcome your comments.  My hope is to create a conversation between friends that ideally mutually uplifts, but at minimum, respectfully educates.

What works for me may not work the same way for you.  That’s OK- we are different.  Your understanding of concepts and doctrines may be different than mine.  That’s OK- perhaps you can provide some new insight that helps to deepen my understanding.  Perhaps you don’t believe at all.  In fact, perhaps faith as a concept is scary and suspicious, fraught with danger.  That’s OK too- it certainly can be all of those things.

However, in the end, I believe my life is richer, more fulfilling, and more peaceful because of my faith.  I hope that some of the things I share will provide something of value to you.

-Chris Roberts