Depoliticizing the Pulpit: Your Pastor Approved This Message

Posted: October 1, 2008 in Above the Fold, Denominational Fun, IJS, Networking, On Your Wall, Politics
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For 54 years, the IRS has been sticking their noses in to some place where dimwitted pastors think they don’t belong – their pulpits. You see, if a pastor says from the pulpit, “Vote for so-and-so,” he is in violation of being non-profit.

Why? Because “faith-based organizations” are supposed to say focused on faith, NOT politics. There’s a concept, eh?

And now, these five long decades later, these dunderheads are fighting back the only way they know how – with their mouths.

The ministers haven’t announced their preferences, although Senator John McCain is expected to be favored. Senator Barack Obama has blurred church-state lines in promising more subsidies for social programs run by religious-based groups. But Mr. McCain has gone much farther, proclaiming America to be “a Christian nation.”

A (tax-exempt) consortium of Christian lawyers that presses conservative causes — the Alliance Defense Fund — has organized the ministers’ protest as Pulpit Freedom Sunday. They argue that the tax code restricts their right to be “talking to their congregations about biblical issues related to candidates and elections.”

MEMO to the Fraudulent Shepherds looking to sheathe the flock: How is telling your sheep who to vote for a “biblical issue”? Unless your indulgent pulpiteering is a shroud for your inept research on political issues, a need to lord over your sheep and your Napoleonic complex finger to the world.

Answer? It’s nowhere close and you are a complete sorry excuse for a pastor. If you really think you are helping God by proselytizing a person on election day, rather than an issue, think again. God needs you to direct people in the ways of the Lord, not in the ways of the political paraphenalia you get in the mail.

So, stand up and speak up, because losing your tax-exempt status is the last thing of which you should be concerned. You could lose your self-respect. And there is no metal detector in the world that will help you locate where that is buried.

  1. […] see what’s really wrong with this picture? The Vatican is NO DIFFERENT here than the fraudulent pastors who decide they want to stick it to the IRS and tell their congregations in whom they should […]

  2. Brother K says:

    It’s very difficult for me to read the press releases of a group of christian dilettantes like the ADF without a flush of anger and embarrassment at the state of American Christianity. Right now as I write this (and you read it), our Christian brothers and sisters in foreign lands are facing the worst suffering and deprivation imaginable, solely for the name of Christ.* And these mooks have their skirts in a knot because a pulpit endorsement might cost them their tax-exempt status? That’s the extent of their “persecution”? By all means, let them have their sacred status preserved ad infinitum so they won’t ever have to discover the fullness of Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV):

    “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

    In short: Who needs the expressed blessing of Christ when you got a good 501c3, right?

    *Don’t take my word for it, drop by the Voice of the Martyrs website ( and see for yourself. A brief overview of the tales there measures just how cheap the ADF coin really is.

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