We Are Simply Disciples Of Jesus Christ

No matter how passionate people get about the presidential election (whether you’re arguing about it at work, or your pastor is pushing Obama or McCain down your throats from their pulpits), saints have to remember that we are not Republicans, Democrats, Liberal, or Conservative – we are disciples of Jesus Christ:

Tempted by Politics

Why many pastors want to, but shouldn’t, endorse candidates.

Mark Galli | posted 10/02/2008 09:05AM – Christianity Today

Every pastor in America is just dying to tell their congregations how to vote. It happens every election season, but particularly during the presidential quadrennial. This yearning to lobby one’s flock doesn’t surprise me — it tempted me when I was a pastor.

Pastors are driven by a righteous desire to shape not just church members but also their communities according to biblical standards of justice and mercy.

But these same pastors often hanker to be relevant — and this is nothing but the Devil’s third temptation of Jesus. When chatter about candidates and platforms fills the airwaves, when everyone pontificates about the last debate or recent TV appearance, you can seem out of touch with reality or too timid if you don’t join in the national conversation and take a public stand. Who wants to go to a church led by an irrelevant coward?

These pastors — and congregations that are egging them on — don’t realize that in endorsing political candidates or platforms, they are selling their inheritance for a mess of pottage. 

Click the title to read the article in it’s entirety (and in context) – it’s a great read. The closing paragraph of the article hits the nail squarely on the head:

No, the Christian preacher has the unparalleled opportunity to act as the only sane person in a nation mad for power, the only voice in an ephemeral season filled with lies and half-lies to speak abiding truths — that elections (even “the most important in a generation”) come and go, that princes (even “the most gifted in a lifetime”) appear and pass away, that nations (even “the greatest in history”) rise and fall.

And that something greater remains after the first Tuesday in November.

Amen!!!

Maybe you should print this article out and put it in the collection plate when your pastor starts lobbying for “God’s” (i.e. his) favorite candidate…

 

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