Churches, Pastors & Politics-What Is The Law?

Many churches and pastors feel called by scripture to “equip the saints” to represent Christ in all areas of our society, including the voting booth. Pastors should thus be supported in their goal of helping their members be good stewards in representing Christ in their civic duties. This is especially important in light of the fact that only 1 in 4 Christians in America is voting.

Unfortunately, many churches and pastors have been given false information in an attempt to scare them from acting as a pastor and impacting their culture for Christ. The law is actually very supportive of pastors and churches in fulfilling their mission to equip their saints. Even as a non-profit corporation, there is very little a church may not do!

Consider if Jesus was in America preparing for Election Day what would He do? Would Jesus register to vote? Would He go to the polls or would He stay home? Assuming he did vote, which candidates would He support? What values would dictate who He voted for?

We know that Jesus expects His followers to be salt and light in our culture and that He expects us to participate in government [see Matthew 5:13-16]. Based on His teachings, it would be safe to say that Jesus would register and vote and support the candidates that most closely represent His values. Isn’t that what we should do on Election Day?

How Do I Know Which Candidate To Support?

Proverbs 29:2 says: “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan” With that in mind, consider a candidate’s:

Convictions. Our nation’s first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said: “It is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Obviously, most candidates call themselves “Christians,” but their positions vary on specific issues.

  • Examine his/her voting record and positions on issues.
  • Consider Biblical instruction on those issues.
  • Ask yourself: “Does this candidate share my values?”

Character. Founder Noah Webster said: “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide, look to his character. When a citizen gives his suffrage (vote) to a man of known immorality he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor, he betrays the interest of his country”.

Consider voting for the candidate who most closely represents your values!

“The punishment of the wise who refuse to take part in government is to live under the rule of the foolish”  [Plato]

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal” [Martin Luther King]



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