There are many differences between Americans and Canadians. One prominent public one is the moral expectations that Americans require of the political leaders. Republican candidate Mitt Romney, has been striving expensively and perhaps successfully for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States. With South Carolinaís Republicans voting yesterday and Super Tuesday just ahead, great debate has been going on if Americans are ready for a Mormon president. Whatís the standard of morality expected?

Quote: Marlisa Fullmer, a Morman reflecting on the situation said: ďIf following the Nicene Creed is the only determining factor for being Christian, then I guess weíre not Christians,". She stated that: the Prophet Joseph Smith, the first head of the Morman Church, was himself a declared candidate for the U.S. presidency in 1844, when he was shot to death by an anti-Mormon mob while being held in an Illinois jail. (National Post: January 18, 2008.

With the amount of scrutiny of political candidates, you wonder how anyone can run. But letís take it one step further. What if the requirements for the job said that you had to be more gracious than Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, and Guandi. Who could run? Who would be qualified to hold the office?
Jesus said:
Matthew 5:20 [20]For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)

Please turn to Luke 18

It is the false teaching of salvation by self-effort that Jesus confronts head-on in this verse and which all of Scripture, from beginning to end, contradicts. As Paul makes clear in the Book of Romans, even Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, was saved by his faith, not by his works (Rom. 4:3; cf. Gen. 15:6). In Galatians the apostle explains that ďthe Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believeĒ (Gal. 3:22). Outside of sin itself, the Bible opposes nothing more vehemently than the religion of human achievement.

Luke 18:9-14 [9]He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: [10]"Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. [11]The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: íGod, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. [12]I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.í [13]But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, íGod, be merciful to me, a sinner!í [14]I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." (ESV)

The least-esteemed and most-hated man in