Last Sunday, a number of pastors participated in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” – an Alliance Defense Fund initiative put together to challenge the laws governing politics and the pulpit. More than 30 pastors, their churches specifically courted and chosen by ADF (which hopes to draw litigation and eventually a change in the rules) endorsed a political candidate for president. If you missed it, you can read the AP article about it here.

An interesting statistic from the article:
Two-thirds of adults oppose political endorsements from churches and other places of worship and 52 percent want them out of politics altogether, according to a survey last month from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Sounds to me like what most people want is freedom from politics when it comes to the church – not more of the same. Now, my friend Robin Hoover at Humane Borders and First Christian Church in Tucson, Arizona, would argue that there’s no such thing – that the gospel is political by its very nature. True – if you define politics as the struggle over who gets and keeps power (which is how Robin would probably define it). But particular, partisan politics? Read what others are saying:

Jonathan Merritt, a Southern Baptist and occasional writer for DisciplesWorld, makes some great points in his blog entry, “Silly Pastors – Tricks are for Kids”.

Bob Cornwall, Disciples blogger, pastor, and writer, shares why he obects to endorsements from the pulpit.

I also came across newspaper articles quoting Disciples pastors Frank O. Thomas of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, and T. Garrott Benjamin, of Light of the World Christian Church.

And always interesting on any subject is Martin O. Marty, who writes about it in his “Sightings” column (posted here on Bob’s blog).

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