Bill Keller, host of a Live Prayer TV program and Liveprayer.com, made a controversial statement the other day when he sent out a devotional including "If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan!" That's a little harsh... at first glance. Some people are looking into taking away his organization's tax-exampt status as a result.
Was he really saying that Mitt Romney is like Satan? I personally don't think so. I suppose you could ask him, but I'm guessing that he meant that by voting Mitt Romney into the office of president, it makes Mormonism more acceptable.
If you're a Mormon, that would be a good thing. For most people, I'm guessing that it doesn't really matter much whether he's a Mormon or a Baptist... Mormons are Christians too, right?
I guess that all depends on how you define Christian. How you define salvation. I believe that in order to be saved, you have to put your faith in Jesus Christ, for him to forgive you of all your sins... bad things that you do. I believe that you need to repent (turn away) from your sins and not want to sin any more... although we'll all continue to sin until we get into Heaven. This is a grace-only viewpoint... grace being getting something (salvation) that you don't deserve and did nothing to earn.
From what I understand, Mormons believe in grace... but you have to try your best too. Well, if I have to try my best, wouldn't that be works? Which is not what I'm guessing Bill Keller believes. If you believe that you have to have something to do with earning your way to Heaven... the trying your best part... then that does not give God all the glory. If you believe that, then Jesus dying on the cross was not enough to save people.
I don't know if I would go so far and say that a vote for Mitt Romney was a vote for Satan... it's not like Hillary Clinton is going to lead a nationwide revival or anything... but in a way I think that he does have a point. Mitt Romney can make Mormonism appealing. Which could be destructive for some people's souls.