Thursday, July 17, 2008

CHURCH AND POLITICS

"The Internal Revenue Service says the United Church of Christ did not violate rules when it hosted Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at its convention in Hartford last year." more...
I suppose therefore it also would not violate IRS rules if a church invited Senator, John McCain to speak at one of its events.

It's not possible for the Church to be unconcerned with political and societal issues. The governing authorities are ministers of God for justice and what they do may help or hinder the activities of the church (Rom. 13:4). Now because of IRS rules, church leaders have had to be careful not to become overly political. A churches tax exempt status could be removed.

Opinions are inappropriate. Preachers and all Christians need to be sensitive that everyone in the church is not going to have the same opinions. If there is a corruption or injustice in a public figure, the Church should address it only as the Scriptures address it. If someone is a murderer, preach against murder. If someone is a thief, preach about stealing. If someone does right, preach about that too. Truth is the only real concern.

Christians are not blind to injustice and they are concerned that their political leaders be righteous. Paul said to Timothy to pray for "kings and all who are in authority" (1 Timothy 2:2). Implicit is the acknowledgment that they are not all good. God wants them to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. So speaking on political or societal issues is natural when confronting the lost world with the Gospel. Whether you are speaking to one person, or to a large group, unrighteousness in all its forms must be confronted - even in the form of political figures. John the Baptist spoke publicly against the King. Luke 3:19 says John "reprimanded" Herod for marrying Herodias, his brother's wife. Jesus confronted the religious figures of His time. He called them hypocrits. There are a lot of sensitive types who would prefer that religious teachers remained "politically correct". But public judgments are entirely appropriate and necessary if the losts are to see the truth. Today it is likewise impossible that the church entirely avoid things political.

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