Mitt Romney's "bland smiley-faced God"...
(Tim) Yesterday, presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a speech intended to put to rest any qualms pagans and Christians might have about giving a Mormon the reins of our imperial presidency. According to David Brooks, op-ed columnist of the New York Times, Romney was quite successful in his endeavor. But at what cost?
Brooks ends his piece:
In order to build a voting majority of the faithful, Romney covered over different and difficult conceptions of the Almighty. When he spoke of God yesterday, he spoke of a bland, smiley-faced God who is the author of liberty and the founder of freedom. There was no hint of Lincoln’s God or Reinhold Niebuhr’s God or the religion most people know — the religion that imposes restraints upon on the passions, appetites and sinfulness of human beings. He wants God in the public square, but then insists that theological differences are anodyne and politically irrelevant.
Romney’s job yesterday was to unite social conservatives behind him. If he succeeded, he did it in two ways. He asked people to rally around the best traditions of America’s civic religion. He also asked people to submerge their religious convictions for the sake of solidarity in a culture war without end.
But the Word of God says, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." And "the Lord" the Holy Spirit here declares isn't Judaism's Christless jehovah, Islam's allah, or the Mormon heretics' many, many gods.
Jesus Christ is the Name above every name. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. He is the Second Member of the Trinity, God of God and Light of Light. And those who worship Him in spirit and in truth see the hatred secularists, but also Jews, Muslims, and Mormons have for Him.
We must make no mistake about this, dear brothers and sisters: Christless social conservationists don't get us halfway to Heaven and their kingdom is not the Kingdom of God. It's simply the Christless moralism of human achievement and prosperity that American civic religion has built on for centuries. In the past, though, true Christians didn't think its arrival was a hopeful sign.
But now we've been softened up by Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuller, Billy Graham, and all the young dudes of the Submergent Church, so we're easy pickins.
Well, speaking for me and my house, they can count us out.