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.