In a nutshell there are dozens of Ministers across the country that are planning to preach about politics over the coming weeks – from the pulpit. Though this appears to be in direct contradiction to IRS code they are doing so to invoke some kind of legal challenge to existing law. Many in the media have speculated that the sermons will be aimed against Barack Obama and his position on issues facing Americans.
In the LA Times piece we read this eye opening comment:
“I’m going to talk about the un-biblical stands that Barack Obama takes. Nobody who follows the Bible can vote for him,” said the Rev. Wiley S. Drake of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park. “We may not be politically correct, but we are going to be biblically correct. We are going to vote for those who follow the Bible.”
Personally, I think it is a mistake to directly challenge legal precedent – especially in a church. A minister should not take any action that may cause the church to lose it’s protected status as a non-profit. Second, I would have to believe that the Ministers face the very real risk of having a large portion of their congregation get up and walk out. I think there is more to lose than to gain by this action. The last place in America that we need partisan bickering is in the church!
But the flip side is – on the campaign trail we have politicians from all walks of life making comments about the Bible and church policy. (Try Googling “hate filled churches” and watch for politician’s names) It is not uncommon for a politician to misinterpret scripture in order to suit his/her agenda. So, if they can comment on scripture and the people who lead churches – then why can’t the church leaders defend their congregations and the word they have faith in? If church and state are to be seperate then that should be both ways.
Since the beginning of this 2008 Presidential race we have seen countless attacks on Obama’s Pastor and now we see nonstop attacks on Palin’s church – so why can they be attacked without fighting back “from” the pulpit?