Ask the Question by Stephen Mansfield is quite a compelling book and question. He uses history to support his premise that we-the-people have a moral obligation to investigate any political candidate’s faith, or lack thereof, in regards to how they will govern while in office.
Germans in the 1940s probably wish they had investigated Hitler’s statement in “Mein Kampf” when he wrote, “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.” Bet they believed he believed in God and acted accordingly. Mansfield lets us in on “the rest of the story”. Hitler continued in his “Mein Kampf” writings, “…By defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord”.
Hmmm. Did you know that Hilary Clinton grew up a devout Methodist? Does she still believe the teachings from her youth? You need to know before you cast your vote for her. What she believes now is the filter she uses to make important decisions, whether in her personal life or political life.
Mitt Romney failed to gain the presidency because he refused to help Americans understand how his Mormon faith would effect his leadership. If you believe when Donald Trump’s lips are moving, that he’s lying; what kind of president will he be? If Ted Cruz is using dirty tactics in his bid for the White House, will he continue these actions while acting as president of the United States? Do you know what Marco Rubio believes beyond his statements that he believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior? We all need to ask these questions and more.
Our founding fathers fled an empire in which church and state were one. They didn’t want that for their new nation. In the 1960s, Americans were afraid that if JFK became president that the Pope would be in the White House also. Our Constitutional framers didn’t want religion to rule politics, but they also believed that the American people were to be trusted to “vet” their candidates and determine if the candidate’s faith could lead the nation into war, upend economies or transform culture.
I end my review with a statement with which Mansfield begins, “We, too, must ask the questions of faith that need to be asked. It is time for the mysteries, the uncertainties, and the gambling with the nation’s future to end.”