The Washington Post, click here for the entire article, recently published an arctile based upon the Pew Institute poll concerning Mormons. I found the results a sad commentary on the state of things. While it is encouraging that Mitt Romney went from not being a viable candidate four years ago to a front runner, and that in that time we have had a black president, this study shows that we still have along ways to go in tolerance in this country.
First of all it says that half of Mormons still feel a bad vibe from Evangelical Christians, though 97% of Mormons consider themselves Christians. For the record we definitely consider ourselves Christian, in that we believe that Jesus is the Savior, and in the necessity of His grace for our salvation. Mormons are generally devout in their religion, and according t0 the Washington Post, just want acceptance as opposed to assimilation.
Yet while Mormons struggle for acceptance, they still have a difficult time accepting their own past. It is this past, that though the practice of polgyamy has been banned for over 100 years, continues to be an indentifying characteristic of Mormonism. We recently did a BBC interview for run in the UK and that is still the first thing they think of Mormons they told me, and wondered if it was the same in the States.
“Yes,” I told them, “very much so.”
Yet the real shocker of the article to me shows that 86% of Mormons believe that polygamy is morally wrong. Now I know there are lots of reasons for this. It could be that because the Church leadership does not permit it they view it as morally wrong. We have consistently said we are fine with people making their moral judgments on our lifestyle, just give us the respect to choose for ourselves. But one has to wonder how Mormons can seriously consider it morally wrong when it is part of their theology. While they believe it is part of the next life and not to be lived now, it remains a part of their past and their future.
Each person is unique, and this survey leaves me with more questions than it does answers. But I do wonder how Mormons can ever get acceptance if they do not accept their own past. At least people can see from this study that Mormons do see themselves long past polygamy, and people can understand that they are no more polygamous than other Christian churches. However, lets hope that all American can see that we cannot impose our moral choices on everyone else.