Christian Leaders Should Not Endorse Political Candidates
Bruce Prescott has an excellent article on this here. He clearly shows that the refusal of ministers and other Christian leaders to endorse particular candidates does NOT prevent them as individuals from “engaging in the political process” as some have contended. This appears to be about the debate between Chuck Curry and Welton Gaddy, but others Prescott names (e.g., Gene Robinson), and some he does not name (e.g., Bob Cornwall) are just as guilty as Curry in crossing this line.
I will raise the issues–even from the pulpit if given the opportunity. I will compare and contrast candidate positions on this blog and indicate which ones I believe closer to biblical views (on those issues), while insisting that no single issue is “God’s issue.” I will praise politicians (even ones I generally dislike overall) when I think they are doing something good. I will publicly dissent or even rebuke politicians when I think they are doing something wrong or unwise (even if I generally like them or think privately that they are a better choice than their rivals). Since neither my wife or myself are currently on a church staff or the staff of a Christian organization, once I figure out which presidential candidate I am voting for, I will put said person’s sign in my yard (which I would not do if either or us were employed by a church or Christian organization). As Bruce says, I may staff a phone bank, or pass out literature–without relating anything about my faith or my vocation. But because this is a theology blog, I will not endorse any particular candidate or party–because the Christian faith is not to be identified with any party, ideology, or candidate. Also, the church is not to become a special interest lobby or a cheerleader for the state or any party.
For ministers or bishops or church leaders of any kind to endorse candidates is to cross the line. Don’t do it.
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