What Does God Think About America? Some Challenges for Evangelicals and Mormons
Speaking at the Evangelical-Mormon Dialogue in April 2003, Mouw discusses Evangelical and Mormon teachings about Zion, the New Jerusalem, Israel, and the Millennium, as they relate to the fate of the United States of America. Evangelicals have wavered between seeing the United States as a New Jerusalem and a Biblical Babylon. Mormons have always believed in the establishment of Zion on the American continent, but for them Zion was not always politically tied to the United States. The Mormon view of Zion, or the New Jerusalem, has also broadened from a specific tract of land in Missouri, to include the Great Basin, and finally to wherever righteous Saints dwell. Mouw concludes that both Evangelical and Mormon theologies require their adherents to be good citizens of the nation, but to be committed to a way of life that demonstrates loyalty to God's laws.