- As a Mormon, I AM a Christian. Jesus Christ is central to my faith. If you have read this blog for more than two seconds, I hope you know that.
- I believe that no matter how hard I try, I am - in the end - saved by God's Grace after all I can do. If I truly believe, my Life should act as a testimony to that commitment. After all, "by their fruits ye shall know them." (Mathew 7:20)
- Those that are true Christians spend their time serving, teaching and building. They do not engage in bigoted, destructive commentary on another's faith. Christ was a builder, not a wrecker. The same should be said of his followers.
- And - last but not least - if you want to find out about a subject, go to the source. In college, I wanted to learn more about the Jewish and Islamic faiths. So I went to the capital of all religions . . . Jerusalem. For a semester, I studied not only the Life of Christ but also the history and beliefs of our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters from THEIR leaders. It. Was. Fascinating. I saw their faith differently when I was able to engage in personal dialogue with them and hear about their familial traditions and convictions. The take away? If you want to find out about a Mormon, ask a Mormon. Do not ask a Moron. (sorry. I usually don't condone labeling but - hey - if the shoe fits . . . )
Once we allow people to start spiritualizing and refining, or as they might say 'deepening' the sense of the word Christian . . . it will become a useless word . . . It's not for us to say who, in the deepest sense, is or is not close to the spirit of Christ. We do not see into men's hearts. We cannot judge . . . It would be wicked arrogance for us to say that any man is, or is not, a Christian.