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September 25, 2018

The question usually comes up this time of the year, “Should pastors endorse politicians from the pulpit?” Well, first the obvious: Federal law forbids tax-exempt organizations, including churches, to “participate in, or to intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. This is based on an amendment that then Senator Lyndon Johnson led the effort to pass in 1964. So it has been around for a long time. Many people feel this amendment should be repealed for many reasons. One being that pastors are teachers and leaders that should speak to issues facing their churches. Second, the political and partisan climate that led to Johnson introducing the amendment makes it flawed. So there is solid ground to challenge this.

The other very valid side of the coin is that pastors are called to preach the “Word of God”. The Great Commission calls us to “make disciples of all nations,” and endorsing candidates can be counter-productive to this. Some say it undermines pastoral authority. I can see the validity to this. We live in such a polarized world that doing something in a sermon that could add to this is risky.

So where does that leave us? Well for Trinity and this election cycle, we will not be preaching sermons that include an endorsement of candidates. However if you want to sit and pray with us and discuss issues that impact us, we are ready. We pray God’s will be done. For now we need to abide by federal law.


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