Depoliticizing the Pulpit: Get left, get right and get out

Posted: September 2, 2008 in Follow up, Inside 411, Networking, PC is not for ME, Politics, Snap, Crackle and POP Culture, The Obvious Files
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Every once in a while, I discover a story that allows me to stand on my sanctimonius HiScrivener soapbox – getting the Church out of Congress, while keeping faith in politics.

According to a recent and fascinating study by the Pew Forum, I’m not alone.

Four years ago, just 30% of conservatives believed that churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics. Today, 50% of conservatives express this view. As a result, conservatives’ views on this issue are much more in line with the views of moderates and liberals than was previously the case. Similarly, the sharp divisions between Republicans and Democrats that previously existed on this issue have disappeared.

Why? These two numbskulled parties can’t agree on anything except vacations and paid time off; yet, they seem to bridge the gap and clamor “Kumbaya” about the Church staying out of politics. How’d that happen?

Here’s an adventitious thought: Maybe – just maaaaaaybe – people everywhere are tuckered out from preachers telling their flocks who to vote for, instead of how. MEMO to the preacher, pastor, evangelist and wolf in sheep’s clothing alike: America is talking to you, dude.

When you were called of God to preach the Gospel, nowhere in the 66 chapters of the Bible does the Holy Writ espouse, “Thou Shalt Prophecy in times of Electoral Anticipation.” In other words, stick a non-partisan sock in it about the White House. It’s bad enough Hollywood does it. It’s even worse when you pay $100 per seat at a concert, you have to endure a political diatribe. This drivel is not part of the show, people!

Stay true to yourself, your calling and um, your God. The Bible is your focus in November, not some tool in a fancy shmancy suit.

In other words, no one cares what you practice on Election Day, they only care what you preach on Sunday.

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