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Were Pastors Right to Preach a Political Sermon on Sunday?

Posted by truthtalklive on September 29, 2008

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Guest host Dr. Michael Brown debates the controversial call by the Alliance Defense Fund for pastors to break the 54 year-old IRS ban by preaching political sermons this past Sunday. Did they do the right thing by defying what they believe is an unconstitutional restriction of their freedom of speech, or were they wrong to mix politics with religion? For more on Dr. Brown’s ministry. You can listen to his live, daily broadcast! from 7-8, EST, Monday-Friday.

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28 Responses to “Were Pastors Right to Preach a Political Sermon on Sunday?”

  1. Barney said

    Only if you are a right wing fundamentalist revisionist pastor bent on bringing forth a Fundamentalist Utopian Christian Government like you imagined we used to have in the USA way back when.

    Then it’d be OK. Right?

    When is Stu going to respond to the rumors that he is planning to run for office someday?

    Stu?

  2. Stanley said

    What about the pastors that say, “We need to elect a democrat so we can have socialized medicine to save the lives of the sick. Does the Bible not say you should help your neighbor? The Republicans aren’t doing anything to prevent abortions from happening, why should we trust them when they go out and start wars? War is very unChrist like.”

    If you support the republican preachers, would you also support people who have conflicting points of views?

  3. F. L. A. said

    Why are these rumors so important to you Barney?
    Where have you heard such rumors?

  4. H W M said

    It’s ok for Liberal Democrats to be promoted from the pulpit.

  5. Maz said

    Pastors should be encouraging people to pray for the right man to get in. God knows who it is.

  6. Stu has enough on his plate right now. Don’t look for him to respond or run for office.

    Moderator (not Stu)

  7. Lane said

    The duties of pastors leading worship are the preaching of the Word and the administration of the sacraments. Tell me where “political sermon” fits into these two categories. Sadly, either way, this country is going to get what it deserves after this election. Arguing from the side of Democrat and Republican is like arguing which is the best way to sink the ship.

    Americans need the gospel! I believe that Christians should be informed about politics and should vote their conscience on Election Day. But, in the grand scheme of things, we should ask ourselves “Where, in practice, do our priorities lie?” The declaration of the gospel should not be put on hold, especially by the pastor in the pulpit, for the sake of an election!

  8. Stanley said

    Legit question.

    Scripturally, What makes Christians think abortion is murder?

  9. jAsOn said

    Amen brother Lane! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  10. Maz said

    I agree Jason, too much politics not enough gospel!

  11. A said

    I agree with Lane, Jason, and Maz. Don’t we get enough political messages already? The pulpit must remain holy and set apart for the preached Word of God. We must also teach that Christ is on the throne no matter who is elected. We must teach that Christians must have faith in God to meet their daily needs spiritually and physically. Too often, people view their leaders and candidates like saviors. The last place that this should be true is in our pulpits. It saddens me that many view this as the proper place for political messages. The biggest issues that politicians can address are still much smaller than what the church is supposed to call people to…a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Do we feel that we need to add to the Gospel? God forbid…

  12. Kash said

    God bless all of you, I am so relieved that I am not the only one who thinks political sermons will taint the gospel of Jesus. If Christians would live the gospel we wouldn’t need these crazy, greedy politicians anyway!

  13. Maz said

    It is a pity that people can’t vote these people OUT of candidacy…..and ask for someone they can trust with their country. With just two people to choose from, what choice does anyone really have?

  14. Barney said

    Maz, we can vote for anyone we want. They don’t have to be be from the two main political parties. They don’t have to be from any political party at all.

    We could vote for you, Maz! But, I am afraid you don’t meet the Constitutional requirements being a natural born Limey.

    I’ll tell you what, if you’ll give up on that young earth nonsense, I’ll write your name on the ballot and you’ll be able to brag to your friends about having received a vote for President of the United States of America.

    What do you say?

  15. Maz said

    Barney: It would be a good idea if you could name anyone you wanted on the ballot paper and vote for them, but it wouldn’t be lagit would it?
    And I wouldn’t want the job anyway.

  16. Barney said

    Yes, it’s legit. It’s called a ‘write in’ vote and is commonplace. If one’s choice does not appear on the ballot one can ‘write in’ the name and it counts as a legitimate ballot.

    Neat, huh?

  17. Maz said

    Barney: We can’t do that here. We have to put our x by the names we’re given.

  18. ADB said

    Apart from the comments of Lane and Jason that I entirely agreee with, I’d like to mention a couple of things. Seems like I remember Jesus saying something like “my Kingdom is not of this world.” Also, as someone who has the responsibility of preaching the Word every week, I would think that it would be an abuse of my power and influence to tell folks how to vote. If my folks learn to think theologically, are drawn closer to the Lord, then their votes will reflect that, even if it means that they vote differently than me.

  19. Stanley said

    I heard a really good sermon on “Who would God vote for?” on the radio today. It was black preacher man, who’s name I forgot. The point was that there are Christians on both sides, and Godly qualities for both parties. Instead of saying, which party would God vote for, which candidate would follow the example Jesus set?

    It was refreshing.

  20. A said

    I must add that I really like comments #12, #18, and #19 from Kash, ADB, and Stanley. My pastor recently commented that he struggles to not make political commentary from the pulpit even though it is a real temptation. He recognizes that it is not his place to steer his congregation in a certain way from the pulpit. He did say that people are welcome to speak to him outside of worship service and he will speak freely. I wholeheartedly agree with Stanley that there are Christians on both sides. It is time that we quit trying to shame people for being on a side other than our own. That is how the world operates. We are called to be counter-cultural.

  21. Ben Maulis said

    Was it right for Jehu to slay Joram and Ahaziah? (2 Kings 9)

  22. Maz said

    Ben: Yes, because God had anointed him as king and gave him a command to do so. Wickedness had to be destroyed.

  23. Duncan said

    Simple answer to a (really, really) stupid question… NO… period.

  24. Maz said

    Duncan: So to a really, really stupid question, you give a really, really simple answer……but no explanation for why you think that way.

  25. F. L. A. said

    So Maz, would you enlighten me as to when a person deserves to be destroyed due to their degree of wickedness? Just how wicked must one be? Or is a death sentence only justifiable as so long as the death sentence is “Heaven sent”?

  26. Maz said

    F.L.A: It’s not my place to say, it is Gods. He is the Judge of all things.

  27. F. L. A. said

    Maz, aside from what is written within the Old Testament Christianity does not have a very good history of people killing people because Jehovah told them to, instead it has been more along the lines of people wanting to kill other people, and then trying to find Bible verses that can be used to support/justify their cause/motivations, and if the killers are successful, taking pride in their victory as being proof that their actions were sanctioned by Jehovah.
    It seems to be a very “slippery slope”, trying to justify murder[Or anything involving the life of an unwilling person] with theology.

  28. Maz said

    F.L.A: You’re quite right. Killing someone and then trying to find a verse to support such a crime is not atall right in my eyes….or Gods either I should think.
    IN the NT we have Jesus bringing grace and truth.

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