The Herald Leader recently asked local ministers to express how, and if, they guide their congregation during the election:
As a pastor it is not my place to guide anyone down any particular political pathway. My job is to preach the Gospel and ignore political ideology. In fact, traveling down the path of political ideology is dangerous. Political views espoused from the pulpit would not only compromise our church's tax status, but it would also compromise my call as a pastor.
The idea that certain political views more accurately represent the views of Christ seems to be the downfall of many mainline denominations.
Fortunately, our congregation is made up of "reds," "blues" and "neithers," and that very fact fills me with joy because the Gospel should and will always transcend political views if properly preached and taught.
Nothing can alter my adherence to a "no politics from the pulpit" policy — not even if a member of my congregation was running for office.
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I never openly share my personal voting record, nor do I post signs or bumper stickers in my yard or on my car, yet some in my congregation assume I am "red," some assume I am "blue" and many assume that I am "neither."
One could say that my congregation's motto is, "In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, (red nor blue) for you are all one in Christ Jesus," and I would like to keep it that way.
That said, while I do not think pastors should ever guide politics from the pulpit, I do not think that the government should ever dictate what any pastor should preach or should not preach. The very idea of sensoring oneself due to fear of government retaliation is a violation of the idea that church and state should be seperated and seems to me to be a violation of free speech values as well.
I am grateful and honored however, to pray consistently and confidently for the nation in which I live. I pray for our leaders - those I agree with and those that I do not agree with - on a consistent basis and feel that to do so is a biblical directive.