As I've mentioned, we had the LDS missionaries show up today. I must say that every single LDS person I have encounted in my time in the Western US has been gracious and kind to me, even when we disagree. I hadn't talked to one in a while so I got on line and surfed about, mostly looking at actual stuff from the top (namely, what the LDS church puts out).
I was wondering what kinds of songs they sing, and I found their hymnal online. I will admit I was disturbed to see songs like "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" in their collection of songs, alongside hymns like this one, called Praise to the Man (and they're not talking about Jesus here):
Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus annointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.
Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
Honored and blest be his ever great name!
Long shall his blood, which was shed by assasins,
Plead unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.
Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
Faithful and true he will enter his kingdom,
Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.
Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again.
"Great is his glory" "ever and ever the keys he will hold" "his kingdom" WHAT?? These are statements about a mortal man! Christians sing things like this about Jesus, our risen Savior and Lord. Mind boggling...that they call themselves Christians.
Which makes me wonder, should evangelicals vote for Mitt Romney for president? When he claims to be a Christian just like you and me? While I love the Mormons I know and grieve over the falsehood of the Mormon church around me, I absolutely cannot endorse someone who outright perverts the gospel of Christ. I almost think it would be better to deny it all together. *sigh* It honestly makes me not want to vote next year.