It’s Time to Depoliticize the Pulpit

Posted: May 8, 2008 in Above the Fold, Networking, On Your Wall, PC is not for ME, Politics
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MEMO to all conservatives AND liberals that like to pinpoint the Church in times of religious awareness: Keep your nasty fingers to yourselves, because “evangelical” DOES NOT and NEVER HAS been defined “republican”.

And to that, we have proof, as noted here by the Associated Press. Enter the “Evangelical Manifesto“.

In a 19-page document called “An Evangelical Manifesto,” more than 70 theologians, pastors and others said faith and politics have been too closely mixed. They warned against Christians adopting any one political view. “That way faith loses its independence, Christians become ‘useful idiots’ for one political party or another, and the Christian faith becomes an ideology.”

Vote issues and conscience, not ya mamaPREACH! It’s high time Christians learn to vote on issues and not because all your friends vote this way or your pastor endorses that way. (Come on! You know most of the Church votes just that way). We need to become “red-letter” Christians and not a wayfaring CNN, FOX or MSNBC congregation. People (i.e. Obama, McCain, Clinton) have their own opinions. Some are spot-on and others completely blow. But, as a concentrated body of believers, we should get three things out of this crucial document:

  1. If you are a PASTOR directing the spiritual lives of others in a church, your job is just that… spiritual instruction and acculturation. You are NOT called to be a political hack or a routine pundit. Stick to your flippin’ day job.
  2. If you are a CHRISTIAN following the edicts of the Bible, you have a responsibility to research. Stop being lazy and allowing one feature in the news to sway your opinion. Lest your forget, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (1 Timothy 2:15).
  3. If you are a HUMAN enjoying the liberties that our brave men and women provided us, be creatures of growth, not habit. You have opportunities to make a difference daily, and that will not happen once you refuse to make your own wise, studied decisions. Stop generalizing people because of the actions of a few dimwits. Not all black people are angry and “bash whitey” and just because you see a white guy with a buzz haircut doesn’t mean he has a rebel flag and a gun rack in his pick’em truck.

Body, if you are AT ALL interested in the betterment of this county AND the church, the aforementioned 20-page document is well worth the scan. Check the Sacred Seven Elements – crucial reading for people that are willing to…er, you know… use his or her mind come November. Enjoy.

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