Should churches and other religious institutions take positions on political issues and candidates?
- RichardLv 61 month ago
they can have their positions, but since they don't pay taxes, they have no right to try to enact them into law
- nineteenthlyLv 71 month ago
Here in England the C of E has taken up a position on one single issue in this respect: that you can't be a member of both a fascist party and the Anglican communion. Besides that, everything just is political, but God puts people all over the place politically to do God's work, so probably not.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 71 month ago
Absolutely not. It is up to each individual Christian to search their conscience and decide whether to vote (then who to vote for) and whether to take part in political causes (or not). As Christians are called to be "Ambassadors for Christ", appealing to people to be reconciled to God through Christ, they should be careful whatever country they live in, not to cloud the issue of being subjects of Christ, the King of God's Kingdom, by giving the impression they are passionately caught up in current, earthly, political fighting. Christians represent the Kingdom of Heaven, but very few give that impression, due to the allures of this world ensnaring them, including political ones. Our allegiance is to our King (2 Corinthians 5:16-21).
Individuals were raised up (in Bible times) to high places of political office in various governments, some of them pagan ones, but they were the exception, never the norm. Far too many people fancy God is calling them to political office today, when that is simply not the case. They will have to answer to God for that. And far too few Christians search their consciences when it comes to any exercise of political rights they have, just being swept along by the maddened crowds and the cunning media.
All the woes that befell the early Church were triggered by it getting involved in the politics of the 3rd century onwards. You would suppose thinking Christians would learn from the disasters of history but no - politics corrupts many who vainly suppose they are doing God's will by jumping into that muddy, snake-infested pond. A few are called to engage in fighting political corruptions and injustice, but not many. You may be sure that those who boast that they are, are not.
- sk8terboy1963Lv 41 month ago
No. Separation of Church and State is in the Constitution for a reason. No law or policy should be passed based on ANY religious doctrine. Period.
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- JakeLv 51 month ago
Only the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth and a person can know this with certainty by reciting the rosary every day with care and sincerity. Trump should be given four more years as president. A person can work for his re-election using voting, political activism, the rosary and fasting.
- PaulLv 71 month ago
Perhaps not on specifically political issues, but they certainly should on moral issues.
- Bobby JimLv 71 month ago
No, they should not. They can, but if that becomes the message from the pulpit, the church risks losing their tax exempt status under Federal Law. And if they do, the message is The Social Justice Gospel, and that is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Huh?Lv 71 month ago
I have no problem with church leaders preaching a political position to the congregation...as long as they give up their tax exempt status.
- 1 month ago
I tend to avoid churches that do that.
- AnnLv 61 month ago
No, but Black churches have been doing that for decades. Originally, it was the only place they could gather in numbers without a problem but not now.