Shame on you, Focus on the Family

Monday, December 29, 2008

In the wake of an immense outpouring of gratitude from the general Christian community to the LDS/Mormon community for their decisive help in passing Prop 8 (the Marriage Protection Initiative) in California, Focus on the Family has decided to pull an article praising popular political talk-show host Glenn Beck because of complaints about his Mormon religion.

Focus on the Family was bowing to such comments as this one, from an anti-Mormon group called Underground Apologetics issued a release through Christian News Wire

"While Glenn's social views are compatible with many Christian views, his beliefs in Mormonism are not. Clearly, Mormonism is a cult. The CitizenLink story does not mention Beck's Mormon faith, however, the story makes it look as if Beck is a Christian who believes in the essential doctrines of the faith."
In a weak explanatory statement, Focus on the family gave this reasoning for their actions:
"You are correct to note that Mr. Beck is a member of the Mormon church, and that we did not make mention of this fact in our interview with him. We do recognize the deep theological difference between evangelical theology and Mormon theology, and it would have been prudent for us at least to have pointed out these differences. Because of the confusion, we have removed the interview from CitizenLink."
So let me get this right: Because Focus on the Family failed to mention in their article that Glenn Beck is Mormon and that some Christians think Mormonism is a cult, they cannot in good conscience keep that article up?! Shame on you, Focus on the Family, for stooping to the level of bigoted actions where you will judge the value of a man's work by his faith. Shame on all of you so-called Christians out there who will disqualify another Christian man's faith because you do not agree with certain tenants of his doctrine.

But most of all, shame on you anti-Mormon Christians for taking part in the anti-Christian agenda to divide and conquer any Christian coalition through insignificant interior disagreements. Whether or not Mormons are going to hell for believing that Jesus and Satan were brothers should be no concern of yours. Whether or not our educational system and state and local governments will be teaching our children that gay marriage is completely normal and proper should be the greatest concern of all of us. Whether or not school teachers are required to teach our children that they are not the creation of a loving God but rather the inconsequential product of an infinite amount of physical-chemical-biological accidents; whether or not our schools and media teach our children that premarital sex is okay and normal; whether or not our government allows violent and pornographic media to be at easy access to us and our children; All of these things are important to Mormon Christians and Non-Mormon Christians alike.

It was only when conservative-minded Catholics, Mormons, Evangelicals, Protestants and other Christians, Jews, Muslims, and even atheist and agnostic moral conservatives united their funds, efforts and voices in support of Prop 8 that we were able to overcome the massive opposition from large corporations, the media and hollywood that threaten to crush it. Mormon haters, grow up and join the alliance to bring morality back to our schools, our laws and our great nation.


Pearl said...

Fantastic post, WIJG. I especially appreciate your reminder that whether or not we believe the same religious doctrines is not important. I doubt Focus on the Family was hoping for Mormon conversions by posting the praise for Glenn Beck.

Thanks for reminding us of the incredible good that can come of setting our religious differences aside for the common good of children and family.

Gib said...

But what about Christians who object to Mormons on moral grounds?

I ask that because that line of reasoning seems fair to you in another post of yours about licensing attorneys.

Curious what distinction you see, if any.

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