Scott’s Blog 10/02/08
Presidential Politics and the Pulpit
Imagine taking your usual seat at your usual worship service at the usual time next Sunday.
But then, the unusual happens.
The pastor asks the ushers to come forward and pass out voter guides.
He then makes an impassioned plea for support of a presidential candidate, going so far as to say that “No Christian in their right mind could possibly support … John McCain.”
Or, “Anyone who knows their Bible couldn’t vote for Barak Obama.”
Would you support that use of a Sunday sermon? Or would you find yourself looking for a new church?
Many believers may find themselves in just that kind of situation if a move from a conservative leaning legal advocacy group gets their way.
The Alliance Defense Fund has launched an effort to remove the threat of churches losing tax exempt status if they endorse political candidates. http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4690Should churches wade in on behalf of specific candidates and issues?
Christian political columnist Cal Thomas offers a couple of on target points of caution.
One undeniable truth we enjoy daily on Scott Richards Live is how relevant and relatable the message of the Bible is to even the most modern and contemporary issues. Certainly where the Bible speaks we should speak on the issues of the day.
But the moment we cross the line and endorse individual candidates we invite both division and distraction from our primary purpose as a church – to win as many people as possible to Christ.
This certainly was front and center in Paul’s set of priorities.
It is significant to note that although Jesus lived in Roman occupied Israel, He never wasted teaching time railing against Caesar.
Paul was certainly the target of politically motivated persecution, but he never advocated insurrection against the powers that were.
Both were more interested in the peoples’ spiritual condition than in public policy.
The moment a church takes a stand for a particular candidate it immediately loses half their audience.
What do we gain if we elect an earthly candidate, but lose the ability to speak to peoples’ souls?
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