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A President's Religion

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Religion and the Presidency

How much do you value a President's religious beliefs while they're in office?

As we head into General Election campaign mode with Mitt Romney driving toward becoming the Republican nominee, something which is unsurprisingly hitting the headlines fast and furious is discussions over his religious beliefs. Here’s my question: Should they really matter?

Mitt Romney is a Mormon. And in our land of religious freedom, he’s certainly entitled to his beliefs. I am a Christian, and what Mr. Romney believes is somewhat different than me. Truthfully, I don’t fully understand the teachings of the Mormon Church. But, that’s okay, because come November I won’t be casting my vote for a church, I’ll be choosing a man to strengthen my country and position it for renewed growth and prosperity. Now, does a President's religion help define his performance in office, I say overwhelmingly and absolutely, “yes it does.”

Inevitably, every President and Presidential candidate is highly questioned about his spiritual beliefs, and rightly so. For myself, I really wouldn’t want a President who didn’t believe in God, the afterlife, a Supreme Being who controls the universe and holds us all accountable for our actions. The President is literally the leader of the free world, arguably the most powerful man on the planet with all sorts of powers and authority, but he must realize it’s all being watched over by the one who created it all, and should fully understand and realize that whatever actions he takes while in office is being critiqued by the omnipresent ultimate authority. And just like all of us, no matter what he does while here on earth, he’ll be held accountable for when finally answering to God.

I wrote in a previous article that America was created under God, a land founded on Christian principles, a country whose very existence is dependent on the decisions of its leaders, with those decisions affecting all of us on a daily basis. So that said, wouldn’t you want your President to be one who prays to God for guidance, advice, support, direction, and leadership? Wouldn’t you feel better at night knowing that if the President gets that 3 a.m. wake up call he/she would pray first about a decision which could affect thousands, if not millions? I know I would, and that’s why a President’s beliefs are all so important, my opinion. Realistically, and I have no doubts, who could possibly know better about what to do than God himself?

As many know, I’ve already written my thoughts on the current President. And I’m still very unclear, as many others are, about what exactly this man believes. After all, during his campaign we all listened and watched his preacher of many years, Jeremiah Wright, rail against America. His words were despicable, and not ones I would expect of a self-declared Man-of-God. Yet, Mr. Obama attended his church for many years. Here’s my point, whatever this President believes is still up for grabs and it’s caused myself, and tens of millions of others some sleepless nights wondering how the decisions he makes are influenced by his core belief system. And this is something I personally don’t want in a President. I want to know what he believes, because if he doesn’t answer to a Supreme Being he won’t feel accountable for his actions-- a very dangerous way to govern a nation. Now please don’t get me wrong here; I think Mr. Obama does believe in God, however I’m still unclear as to what extent, what God, and exactly how that influences his decisions.

When someone is elected to President, there’s no doubt his ego swells to the size of a football stadium. I can imagine his first walk taking command of the Oval Office is bittersweet, unbelievably surreal, and makes him feel like a King of Kings and that he’s the chosen one plucked from a mass of millions. His every word and gesture from that moment on will be swarmed over and studied for interpretation. But, he should steady himself, because ultimately, he’s still a human being, just one that happens to hold lots of power at his fingertips.

As the upcoming election goes full throttle during the next eight months, many questions will swirl over the President’s policies and the ones his challenger is ready to implement. I expect it to get ugly and filled with drama like nothing before. After all, the primary direction of our country is at stake here. I’ll be watching, as I’m sure you will as well. But please remember, the occupant of the Oval Office is still someone who pulls his pants on one leg at a time. I only hope he’s one who’s humble enough to drop to his knees while making those critical decisions which affect so many.

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By Angie Alaniz on April 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

Randy, I'mwith you. Thanks for having the guts to say it.

I think its VERY important what our president beliefs are especially since we give him the authority to make us or break us.

AND I agree with you about Obama. That is one scary dude.

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By Randy Mitchell on April 13, 2012 at 09:49 am

Thank you, Angie. It is very important, and I really hope voters take it into consideration come election time. And yes, Obama is one scary person.

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By Agit8r on April 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

I don't recall anyone in the Bible asking for divine advise. Their are plenty of instances of supposed revelation, but where are the examples of revelation-on-demand?

It would seem that biblical figures were expected to internalize the laws and commandments and to act upon them; as Paul put it, to "show that the work of the law is written on their hearts"

It's fine if Christians want to run for public office, but if they don't recall the precept that "Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all" they are a disgrace to their country and their faith

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By Caballero_69 on April 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

"Now, does a President's religion help define his performance in office, I say overwhelmingly and absolutely, “yes it does.”

The Constitution of the United States in Article VI, Paragraph 3 states that:

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
For me this constitutional provision says all that need be said. In the American Constitutional Republic, religious faith is a private matter. It is between the diety and the believer. It is neither a qualification nor a disqualification for office.
I would be encouraged if political leaders and private citizens Emphasized belief in and support for the Constitution and practiced whatever faith they chose with sincerity and humility and left it out of our election process.
What unites us is our humanity and our citizenship and these should be aspects should be the leading factors in all elections, not just the presidential election.
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By Randy Mitchell on April 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thanks for your comments here, Caballero and Agit8r. My personal viewpoint is behind this article and everyone is welcome to theirs. However, like I stated above, I want a believer in the White House, because for me, someone who holds themseleves accoutable to God is much more likely to make better decisions for the greater good, my opinion.

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By Bessie Jewel on April 13, 2012 at 05:21 pm

There is an excellent book entitled "Fighting Words" concerning religion and the Constitution. Personally, I'd like to see a smart, fair-minded atheist for a change.

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By Notumbus Bumbus on April 13, 2012 at 06:32 pm

Bessie, I am coming down hard on your side in this debate. Given how divisive religion has become in this country, and the entire world, in fact, I propose all politicians, right down to the city level, be required to put any public displays of their relgious beliefs on hold while holding office, so as not to tilt the playing field in one direction or another. Because what would we do, "heaven forbid" if someone with a different name for their deity were to atttain public office, such as Jews, or Muslims? Certainly they are "accountable" to their gods? We are never going to get the real, deep, and growing problems this country faces into a manageable state of affairs as long as we keep getting tied into knots over the issue of who's god is right. Take that discussion out into the houses of worship, and get them out of the halls of government. Otherwise, one group's mullahs (applied to every religion, IMHO) are going to make this country the pariah of all other nations.

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By ColonialBoy on April 13, 2012 at 06:39 pm

Agit8r, while I fully agree w/your reference about being a "..bondservant to all" your eyes must have glazed over whilst you were reading the rest of the (Christian) Bible, as there were examples of people praying throughout it. Especially in the New Testament, where it seems that Jesus was praying to his Father every time he had a spare moment.:-D

Let's see if I can't find you some examples (so you'll know I'm not just talking through my hat) [NOTE: this turned out to be tougher than I thought - so far, folks in the OT are asking for things, (or victories) not advice] First, some from the OT:

Abraham in his inquiry concerning Sodom (Genesis 18:23-32)

Solomon, asking for wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-13;9:2,3)

David, asking whether Keilah would be delivered into his hands (1 Samuel 23:10-12)

From the NT:

Jesus praying in the wilderness (Luke 5:16)

Jesus prays all night (Luke 6:12)

More examples of Jesus praying (Matthew 14:23;26:36,39; Mark 1:35; Luke 9:18,29)

About Jesus praying while in distress (Hebrews 5:7)

[NOTE: most of the NT examples didn't indicate whether the pray-er was asking for (or received) advice, but in context, it seemed likely. In both OT & NT, the vast majority of instances of prayer resulted in things or outcomes provided (rather than advice or guidance), so I didn't include them in this list]

My primary research tools were: & the 1984 printing of the NIV Holy Bible. I hope this helps :-)

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