THEM: Pastors should voice more political opinions.
ME: OK. Most Republicans and Democrats are going to hell. You should tell them the Gospel.
We’ve had some contentious elections in our country lately. People are wound a little tight.
During the last big “most important election of our lives” season, a lady in church told me she was thinking she wouldn’t come back to church if she had to be around people who disagreed with her political views. She then told me that it was my job to tell them how to vote. Yup, it was my fault they were following their parent’s traditional political line.
She did skip church for a few weeks, but when her guys won the election she came back. Several months later she told me how much she loved our church and how she would, and I quote, “never think of leaving it.”
I stay out of politics. The only time politics enter my sermon is when I mention how I stay out of politics, or when the Bible passage at hand tells us to respect government authority, or when an issue that is in the Bible passage I’m dealing with has a modern political angle everyone is fired up about that has to be addressed.
I don’t tell people how to vote. I don’t tell people to vote even. I make no mention of civic duty, nor do I pledge the flag in church or anything. I’m all for the separation of church and state and do my part to keep it real.
Plenty of pastors disagree with my stance, which is fine. That’s why we have multiple churches to go to. I’m cool with that. Do what you gotta do. Just let me do what I gotta do too.
The Church always suffers when it gets linked up with political parties or politicians. We compromise and stake our reputation on “our guys” who make us look ridiculous because politics is a game of compromise. You can’t compromise biblical truth.
I think we can agree that we’re a little carried away in our Messianic views of politicians. People need to be warned that Republicans and Democrats are fallen, their answers are fallen, our country is fallen, and everything on this earth is fallen. There are no solutions to the problem of fallenness outside the redeeming power of the Gospel.
All political longing is a desire for the King of Kings to return. Rather than stoking the political fires and promoting fallen people; show people that their true desire is for the Lord of Lords to return and run the place.
Until then, politics will let you down. Don’t stake your hopes on politics. David, the greatest fallen king who ever lived, a man after God’s own heart, wrote a bunch of psalms. Several Psalms tell us not to put trust in princes! David was a prince telling people not to put trust in princes.
We’re all sinners in need of a savior. Our savior isn’t a Republican or a Democrat, and certainly no pot smoking Libertarian. Our savior is the Son of God, come from heaven to deliver His creation. Put your hope in Him and warn people to not get sucked into pinning hopes on fallen people. (No, I do not want to hear a defense of the Libertarian party)
While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.