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Monday, May 16, 2005

National politics in the church - yes or no?

On the front page of the New York Times yesterday was a story about a Baptist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina. The headline read, "political split leaves a church older and grayer."

The turmoil started last October (near the end of a heated presidential race)when Pastor Chandler told his congregation, "The question then comes in the Baptist Church, How do I vote?"; let me just say this right now, if you vote for John Kerry this year you need to repent or resign. You have been holding back God's church way too long." And he added, "And I know I may get in trouble for saying that, but just pour it on."

The article states, "the split over his comments amounted to more than ordinary congregational squabbling. It involved critical fault lines pitting conservative, and generally older, Democrats of the Old South against younger Republicans, who seemed to be looking to the pulpit for political as well as spiritual guidance."

So the question of the day is: How far should a local church go in promoting the politics of both the city, state or nation?

Is there is balance in the presentation of where we are headed politically in our country? Can you legislate morality?

I am interested in hearing your thoughts.

3 comments:

Jon said...

I think that the church needs to preach the Word and how it relates to the world, in this case the political situation at the time. The church should not be telling the congregation who to vote for nor judge them if/when they do not vote the way the church would like them to vote. Judgement still belongs to God...we need to hear the views of our politicians and how they line up with God's Word; then let the individual members of the congregation vote for whomever they decide to vote for...the decision is an individual one and one that should be undertaken with a significant amount of prayer. I have yet to find a single politician that will stand up and support, without some qualification, all of the guidance found in the Word...it would be refreshing to have a politician that would do so. I believe that we are expecting a minister from the other side of the state to run for the Senate so maybe this will change...but are the people of this state ready for that change in truth, or only giving it lip service? I think that the figure is 86% of Americans believe in God but I'm absolutely sure that the number of them that will support Him in the political arena is much, much less...pity, isn't it?

tony pino said...

I think our forerfathers wanted our Government to stay out of the church, but never ment for the church to be keeped out of the Government. My last church didn't tell us who to vote for, but they handed out the beliefs of each politician and next to each belief was a scripture supporting there stand or against there stand on certain issues. People then had to decide to vote for the Bible or not.I do know though that many pulpits across America have watered down the Gospel to the point were people were honestly confused this election. We are in the end times were people are not putting up with sound Doctrine and are being led away by seducing spirits and giving place to doctrines of deamons. We must obey the word at all cost.

Youth Extreme said...

Next to Pastor, Politician is the next most difficult job in the world. Neither gets much credit for the good they bring to their people but are always to blame for all the woes of the world....I like what Billy Graham had to say, who by the way was on the front of the USA today Monday. He made friends with both democrates and republicans, his belief was not to take sides but to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. To often we allow our religion to get in the way of our faith. Jesus taught acceptance of those who are different and to love the person hate the sin. Jesus reflected this in all he did while walking on the earth.

The church should stay away from taking sides in politics and support praying for the leaders of our cities, counties, state and nation. Did Jesus not teach to submit to those in authority over us? As a voter it is my responsibility to know the issues and where those who are running for public office stand. I then need to spend time in prayer asking God to guide me in my choice and vote....I truly believe that at the core of every single person is a desire to do right and treat others fairly, we do not need to legislate morality as it only places limits on what we can and can't do to serve others.