Why do Mormons care whether people think they’re Christians or not?

I’ve asked myself this question a lot. Do I really care whether someone thinks I’m a Christian or not? After all, there is no objective definition of what a Christian is. When somebody says I’m not a Christian all they’re saying is “You’re not a Christian according to my definition of what a Christian is.” They can say their definition comes from the Bible, but that’s what I would say too because we all interpret the Bible differently, so it still ends up as being just their own definition based on their interpretation of the Bible.

Regardless of whether someone else is willing to call me a Christian or not it doesn’t change what I believe. What do I believe? I believe Jesus is the Son of God, that he is my Savior, and that there is no other way to be saved from the consequences of sin other than through the Atonement of Christ. I believe in order to be saved that we must do the things Jesus says we need to do in order to be saved. I try to do what Jesus taught, and I try to emulate Jesus’ example. To me, that’s what makes somebody a Christian. Other people think differently, but so what, what difference does it make?

Well, it doesn’t make a difference to me, at least not directly. Where it does make a difference to me, I suppose, is that it might confuse other people who don’t know much about Mormons. Maybe somebody else who would otherwise be interested in the LDS Church won’t be because they think Mormons don’t believe what I just stated I believe above.

Then again, I think people are attracted to controversy, and when people throw a stink about whether Mormons are Christians or not, it attracts attention. And I think open-minded people who are seeking the truth will see it in the LDS faith, regardless of the interfering noise. And then there are those people who know Mormons personally but when they hear someone ranting about how Mormons aren’t Christians they think “Man, why is this guy so angry at Mormons? I know Mormons and the way this guy is describing Mormons isn’t at all like what I’ve seen. Maybe I’ll talk to my Mormon friends about this and find out more.” So maybe this whole “Are Mormons Christians?” question is a good thing that ends up bringing more people to look into the LDS Church.

Comments

  1. Some Christians do not follow Jesus in his open tolerance of those that do things in his name, as he enjoined his disciples to do. We should ask why they do not and listen carefully to their justifications for neglecting the counsel of the Holy One of Israel.

    Luke 9:49-50 [AV]

    49 "And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. "

    They also ignore Jesus' direct commandments to his disciples that protested about the Pharisees.

    Matthew 15:12-14 [AV]

    "Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

    God often suffers one man to lead many to ruin. A rich and profligate man, an infidel, a man of learning, a politician, or a teacher, is allowed to sweep multitudes to ruin. This is not unjust, for those who are led are not compelled to follow such people. They are free in choosing leaders such as Walter R Martin, et al, and they are answerable to God for being led willingly to their ruination through his falsehoods.

    As to the OP, it matters little to Latter-day Saints that some troublemakers consider them not to be Christians, because what matters is what God thinks and not what incendiary rabble-rousers proclaim to feed the lazy minds of the gullible for thirty pieces of silver.

    Yet, it is irksome to faithful Latter-day Saints that believe in Jesus Christ and seek to obey him as he entreats us to do, to be constantly nagged by unruly Anti-Mormons that know little or nothing about their personal faith in Jesus Christ.

    I ask, "Of what are these people afraid? Why must they stick their noses into other people's lives? Why must they lie about the Truth?"

    Paraphrasing Voltaire's dictum, tolerance, which is a Christian virtue when understood in the terms Jesus used it, should make everyone say,

    "I disapprove of what you believe, but I will defend to the death your right to believe it!"

    It can be difficult to withstand naked hatred, but if we wish to see Christianity and Christians maintain all that makes it and them worthy of the name, then ever Christian must stand up and fight against unreason and intolerance, and it must be done without anger or cynicism.

    Unless and until we do that, we shall not overcome the irrational and dark forces of bigotry, prejudice, and hatred. What kind of Christian willingly submits to these behaviours and continues to claim him or herself a follower of Jesus Christ?

    Only by understanding their true nature can we identify the falseness of their distorted reasoning and thus be able to display them before the world of reasonable people to allow them to see them for what they really are, and thus defeat them and their Plutonian religiosity.

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