This article is posted at Christian Post: Pastors Encouraged to Preach on Political Issues During Primaries. Said the article:
“Pastors should throw away the muzzles that some wish to impose on them and replace them with megaphones,” asserted Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, in a statement. “It was sermons of pastors that fueled the American Revolution.”
Churches can also legally participate in activities related to the elections as long as they also withhold endorsements on candidates. They may distribute nonpartisan voter guides, register voters, provide transportation to the polls, hold candidate forums, and introduce visiting candidates.
In fact, several churches have been lending their pulpits to candidates, who have taken a cue from Huckabee’s victory in Iowa and the Bush election on the importance of mobilizing evangelical voters.
Rudy Giuliani read a Biblical verse and asked for prayers on Sunday from a 10,000-member Latino church while Huckabee preached in front of a megachurch in South Carolina. Both avoided discussing politics.
And, this gem:
“America needs her pastors to once again speak up and address the religious and moral issues of the day,” added Staver. “It is far more likely to be struck by lightening twice than for churches to lose their tax-exempt status over political issues.”
On the contrary, America needs her pastors to once again speak the Word of God. This is what needs to be done and what must be done. Even moral issues must be brought up within the context of the Gospel proclamation. The last thing preachers need to be doing–and I for one will not be doing–is preaching about politics.
Contrary to the last statement, churches do not preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to maintain a certain tax-status before the government. We preach the Gospel of Jesus because that is what we are called to do: Declare the Praises of Him who called us out of darkness and into light. It matters very little whether or not a church is tax-exempt or not. Tax-exempt status is quite beside the point.
Preachers must preach the Gospel, not politics.
Soli Deo Gloria!
ps–For the record, there is, as yet, a single political candidate who is worth an evangelical vote strictly based on the idea of evangelicalism. I don’t care how many churches Huckabee preaches in, I don’t care how many verses of Scripture and prayers Guiliani utters, I don’t care how many times they say that my vote matters. At this point, Hilary Clinton is as good a candidate as any ‘conservative’ Republican (not really, but you get my point; maybe. 🙂 )