[That was me opening up a can of worms.]
How do you start a post that you are afraid will offend people? Not well, evidently.
Here's the deal. Through adoption I have come to know several families who are members of the LDS church. Without exception these families have been gracious, kind, loving and open-minded. When I speak to these families they mention "the Lord" and "our Savior" and all sorts of other little words that clue one Christian in to the fact that they are talking to another Christian.
It seems that some Christians do not include members of the LDS church as Christians. My big question: Why? Seriously, I don't know the reasoning behind that.
I've had a few opportunities to talk more in depth about LDS beliefs with a few of my friends. They say they are Christian. They say Christ is the son of God. They believe in the death and resurrection. Just like me, they listen to Contemporary Christian Music. They "speak the same language" I speak--you know, the sort of spirit-laced language that one Christian speaks to another Christian.
I was always taught those central beliefs are what made a "Christian" a "Christian."
Yeah, yeah, I know that LDS members believe extra stuff that most Christians do not believe. But does that negate their central belief in Christ? Seriously, I want to know the other side of this argument because I don't see what the big deal is. I don't know why (for instance) a "Christian" agency will not work with "Morman" families.
What do I think about this particular can of worms? Well, I would just find it very difficult to tell someone they aren't a Christian if they say they are. You know, that whole judgement thing. I think we all centrally believe that He is our savior, that He forgives our sins, and He provides a bridge to eternity. That makes us Christians. We might have a LOT of stuff wrong outside of that! [Was there another profit?! Whether were "once saved always saved!" Grace or Works?! Baptized in the Spirit?! The end times!] Those things are not central to the core definition of Christian. Christ-follower. Do you profess to be a Christ-follower? Well then, I suppose that's good enough for me.