Mixing Politics and The Pulpit – A Rant
It would appear that some one thousand Pastors have banded together and committed to use their pulpits on Sunday, October 7 to preach politics in an effort to tempt the IRS into a court case over the issue.
I literally wept when I read the article. My heart broke when I realized how far we have fallen. We are, at the very least, Revelation’s Church in Ephesus, having lost our ‘first love’. To our shame, we have mingled the blood of Christ with the platforms and agendas of America’s political parties.
While millions are dying, hurting and broken, we are stumping for our candidates of choice. May God have mercy on our souls.
The October plan seems to be mostly conservative and Evangelical, but liberal congregations and those espousing “Liberation Theology” are also guilty of reducing Christ’s pulpit to a political stump.
I poured out my emotions in a Facebook update yesterday when I said:
“To all the Pastors out there, regardless of your political alliances, I beg you from the bottom of my heart, the marrow in my bones and the depth of my soul, please do not reduce God’s pulpit to a campaign stump. Follow Paul’s example to the Corinthians when he said he came to them with only “Christ, and Him crucified”. He commanded Timothy to “Preach the Word”, he said nothing about preaching the party. With tears on my face I’m begging, “Lift high the cross and don’t let earth bound things dilute God’s Good News”.
I would like to take a minute and suggest some planks in the only political platform worthy of the Kingdom of God.
Foreign Policy: For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. “Therefore go and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I will be with your always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19.20
Social Policy: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Matthew 22:39. “Do unto others and you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6:31. “Pure religion and undefiled is this: taking care of widows and orphans.” James 1:27
Taxation: “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s” Mark 12:17.
Immigration: “My Kingdom is not of this world”. John 18:36. “For our citizenship is in Heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there.” Philippians 3:20.
Healthcare: “I was sick and in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36. “Heal the sick.” Luke 10:9.
Social Welfare: “Leave the edges of the fields for the poor and the alien.” Leviticus 23:22. “If a man won’t work, he shouldn’t eat”. 2Thessalonians 3:10.
These matters are fit subjects for the pulpit. The affairs of Republicans and Democrats are better left outside the worship center. Elections and politics matter, but only for this world. Our High Calling in the Church is to worship the King and Creator of all that is, to point humanity to Christ, to enable them to live and serve to their fullest potential here and to prepare them for eternity.
Here is stand. I care not a whit whether your politics are left or right, if you use God’s pulpit to promote your political agenda then I stand against you. I rebuke you and I call you to ‘remember the height from which you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first. Otherwise, He will return and remove your ‘lampstand’.