In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,You are my Son; today I have become your Father.And he says in another place, You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:5-6)
As I write this, not one but two Mormons stand as Republican Presidential hopefuls. Frankly, I don’t know why I should care if the President is a Mormon. Al Gore and Bill Clinton were both Baptists, which did not seem to move them up the integrity pole. I mention Mormonism, though because of an intriguing tidbit of their theology.
The next time a pair of their well-scrubbed young men show up at your door, try to avoid snickering at their nametags. How can somebody aged, perhaps, 19 be “Elder Jones.” If you were to inquire of these “Elders,” they might explain that they hold the Melchizedek priesthood. Since they’re unlikely to traverse the six-tenths of a mile up my driveway, I’ll share the response I would offer them.
“The Melchizedek priesthood, eh? That’s quite impressive. And here you are needing to shave almost every day. Do you get a secret decoder ring with that title?
“But seriously, can you stand in the presence of God on your own account without needing any intervention? Have you lived a sinless life? Did you assist in creating the universe and do you now sustain all of that with your powerful word? Did you die for the sins of all people, becoming sin so that we might be reconciled with God? Did you? I didn’t think so.
“Jesus Christ was and is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. I know Jesus. Jesus is a friend of mine. You, lads, are no Jesus Christ.”
We do not need titles or “orders” of priesthood. We need the once and forever great high priest. That’s all. And that’s what our Mormon friends can’t seem to recognize.