Much of the reaction to Mitt Romney’s religion speech last week reveals that all too many liberals and conservatives alike oppose a faith that dares to proclaim it holds the truth for all humanity. This opposition runs so deep—especially among the Left—that they will even embrace a religion they distrust to try to stick it to evangelical Christians.
Mitt Romney gave a well-written, thoughtful speech last week. It reflected his intelligence and his beliefs, and it was delivered with eloquence and sincerity. It was well received by everyone except far-left atheists, who blasted it for its generic religious pronouncements.
Too many people embraced it for the wrong reason. Many of the well-wishers were outspoken liberals, who seemed to take a dim view of Mormons and Mormonism. While they don’t know much about Mormonism, they nonetheless saw it as pushing back against evangelicals.
It’s an old political maxim that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” While many of these liberals don’t much care for Mormons, they simply despise evangelical Christians. And because they believed that evangelicals rallying to Governor Huckabee were the impetus behind this speech, they decided to side with a speaker whose faith they don’t like to take a jab to those “bigoted” and “intolerant” evangelicals.
Unfortunately, this holds true for many conservative leaders as well. Many of the most respected conservative pundits are none too fond of born-again Christians, either for what they believe or for the political power they sometimes wield.
Governor Huckabee has every right not to discuss what constitutes a “cult,” or what he thinks of various Mormon doctrines. He’s absolutely correct that such topics do not belong on the presidential campaign trail, and various non-evangelical conservatives who imply he should answer those questions are dead wrong.
The fact is this: Biblical Christianity claims to have the very Word of God in written form, and evangelicals proclaim that without apology. No religion could possibly be more narrow or absolute than one whose author says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Those words of Jesus Christ are antithetical to the modern religious trend of relativism. Christianity makes moral claims about how life is to be lived. It proclaims certain things right, and other things wrong.
Against the modern platitudes of tolerance and acceptance, such words seem to be, well, blasphemous. Ironically, the separation of church and state provision of the U.S. Constitution has now become an instrument of religious intolerance.