The Rise of Huckabee and the Status of Romney

Mike Huckabee has been in the news a lot recently. He suddenly flew up in the ranks in polls and is now a front-runner. Why do voters like him so much? Well, he’s charismatic. He does decently well on the stage and is witty. He’s also a minister – people tend to like ministers and trust them. The evangelical contingency in the country really like him and are throwing their support behind him. After all, he’s easy for them to support, he is one of them; whereas someone like Mitt Romney is a member of a cult and well, we just don’t talk about any of the other candidates’ religious views. After all, the only Republican candidate who really needs to pass a religious test is Mitt Romney.

This is what is so hypocritical of so many evangelical Christians. Why are they so threatened by the LDS Church? What is it about Mormonism that they don’t like? I’ll address a few of the issues.

  1. Mormons believe that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost (Spirit) are 3 distinct personages who are completely united in purpose but still separate individuals. They also “look human” because humans were created in the image of God.
  2. Relatedly, Jesus Christ has a glorified, physical, resurrected body.
  3. Mormons also believe that God did not stop speaking to prophets after the Bible; He speaks to prophets today. Thus, the Bible is not the end-all of God’s Word. God provides new revelations to His servants, the prophets. So, the LDS canon of scriptures is not fixed, set, and closed like evangelical or Catholic scripture is; the LDS canon of scripture is open and expanding.
  4. Expanding point 3: Mormons also believe that God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and called him as a prophet. Most other Christians do not believe in prophets in our day. They believe that God stopped speaking to prophets when the last page of the Bible was written (which, by the way, was not the book of Revelation; also, ignoring the numerous edits of the Bible that occurred before and after it was compiled into the format we know now. The Bible is true, it just might not be completely translated correctly. God did not write the Bible by hand, humans did and people are imperfect and make mistakes).

I could go on but a lot of the clash between Evangelicals and Mormons is over the fact that Evangelicals (at least their theologians) don’t believe in the God of the Bible – they believe in the Trinity, which is a view of God tainted with Greek philosophy. Mormons believe in God as described in the Bible (Who talked with prophets face to face, Who sent His Son to atone for the sins of mankind {which Son expressed numerous times His separateness from His Father}, Who created humans in His own image).

So what does this have to do with Huckabee and Romney. Well, as I stated above, Mike Huckabee is a minister. He worked as paid clergyman for his profession. He has the support of evangelical Christians. Mitt Romney is a member of the LDS Church. His values are the same (largely) as evangelical Christians. However, because LDS doctrine is undeservedly viewed as heretical by evangelicals, many of them can’t overcome religious bigotry (or, to use a new term – religism) and support a Mormon. It’s a shame because Mitt Romney is really the only true conservative of the major candidates (i.e., Giuliani, McCain, and Huckabee). This also means that Huckabee is the most threatening to Romney because evangelical Christians would likely (and probably begrudgingly) support Romney over Giuliani and McCain.

I think that Mike Huckabee is an OK candidate but it seems that most of his support is because he said some witty things in a debate and he’s a minister-turned-politician. He just does not have the skills that Romney or McCain have.

Now that the economy is a top issue for voters, Romney looks like an even better candidate given his successful business and fiscal background. Maybe Huckabee would be a good president (and Romney not so good) – we have no way of telling that at this time – but it just seems that so much of Huckabee’s support is based on shallow motives without substance. Then again, maybe I just don’t know enough about him.

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