ASK THE PASTOR: Should churches talk about politics?
To bring some precision to the question, let us define something as political when (a) it relates to the policies of our nation and (b) when it does not fall within the ethical domain of Scripture. Thus defined, I firmly believe that politics has no place within the ministries or programs of a local church. Political issues are never mentioned from the pulpit in my church, and we choose not to display political literature (such as voting guides). It is our desire that people assemble with us for the sole purpose of learning and responding to God’s glory. As such, we refuse to engage in any activity that will distract our people from this primary purpose.
Yet many American Christians (even worse, pastors) wish to use the pulpit as a place to bemoan the secularization of
Scripture does call us to take a stand on moral issues, regardless if these have become politicized. We have the obligation to call for national repentance. Most importantly, we are ordered to pray (as congregations) for our political leaders. Even here we only do these things because of their direct relation to our mission (to display Christ’s holiness and love).
We must stay focused on the kingdom-mission of proclaiming the gospel. When we move from it ever so slightly, we are in danger of losing it all together.
1April 16, 2008 – Discussion panel. Together for the Gospel Conference-2008.
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