In a perfect world a strong Christian in The White House would be ideal. We are however electing our leader to get us out of harms way in economic, national security issues and be representative of democracy and our republican form of government which we have led the world to freedom as never before in history. We are not electing a "spiritual leader" to lead us out of Egypt.
But from a Christian viewpoint I will not be able to vote for Romney because of his previous "pro- abortion" position. He has claimed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He has stated he changed his position since being Governor of liberal Massachusetts.
The Mormom Position
Statement on Abortion:
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued their well known ruling in the Roe v. Wade case. The court legalized early abortions for any reason, and allowed later abortions if necessary to preserve the health or life of the woman.
In response to this liberalization of abortion access, Harold B. Lee, N. Eldon Tanner, & Marion G. Romney of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints' First Presidency issued a statement on abortion in 1973. 3 It restated the historical LDS Church's position on abortion.
"The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel,the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer."
"Abortion must be considered one of the most revolting and sinful practices in this day, when we are witnessing the frightening evidence of permissiveness leading to sexual immorality."
"Members of the Church guilty of being parties to the sin of abortion must be subjected to the disciplinary action of the councils of the Church as circumstances warrant. In dealing with this serious matter, it would be well to keep in mind the word of the Lord stated in the 59th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, verse 6, 'Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it'." [Bold emphasis ours] 3,4
The Doctrine and Covenants is one of the four Mormon "Standard Works." These are source texts which most Mormon denominations believe are divinely inspired and authoritative scripture. The other three are the Bible itself, the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price.
The statement does not clarify whether the term "good health" is restricted to physical health or may also include mental and emotional health. It also does not define what form "divineconfirmation through prayer" is to take. The LDS Church teaches that God may communicate with believers during prayer. Other Christians and skeptics question this activity. We have conducted a small, pilot study which tentatively concluded that individuals cannot assess the will of God through prayer, even though most are quite confident that they have done exactly that.
In their statement, the First Presidency cited an earlier interpretation by President David O. McKay and his counselors, Stephen L Richards and J. Reuben Clark, Jr., concerning the seriousness of the crime of abortion. They said that abortion is apparently not on a par with the unpardonable sin or the murder of an innocent person. Thus, they conclude that the "laws of repentance and forgiveness" would apply to persons who either performed or submitted to an abortion.
What bothers me is that I have not been able to find anywhere he admits abortion is sin and he had repented of promoting it's evil as Governor. He only stated he has "changed his position." He was an accomplice to murdering innocent ( I disagree it is not murder of innocent blood) lives as sure as a jury member who votes the death penalty for someone takes responsibility also. (Whether right or wrong their vote causes death)
Theological differences aside, I admire the moral ethics of many Mormons. My understanding of their doctrine concerning "population of Heaven in eternity" confuses me all the more that a Mormon can be pro-abortion. Because he was powerful and influential perhaps is why he got a pass by Mormon Church Officials/ and or press.
Newt Gingrich has not only the political experience we need but the fact that he has spoken and admitted his adultery was sin and he asked God to forgive him and is still repentant shows me he is on the right track as to his relationship with God according to the Bible, and will improve as he continues to seek God. He testifies of conversion by God whereas Romney has only changed his "position."
Newt Gingrich for President!