Advancing Religious Liberty
10/24/12 at 07:12 PM 0 Comments

Equipped, Encouraged, and Emboldened: Pastors and the 2012 Election

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Author: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley

Pastors and church leaders always face an interesting combination of pressures when election season rolls around. And the 2012 election is no exception. How much do you discuss the issues in the election or should you as a pastor even discuss them at all? The legalities of discussing issues in the election are sometimes difficult to figure out. And then there are the potential reactions of your church members to consider as well. All of these combined may push you as a pastor to simply refrain from including anything about the election or the candidates in your sermon on Sunday. But it is in fact vitally important for you as a pastor to speak up during the election and to be a voice for biblical truth and morality.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” (Prov. 29:2). This verse means that elections have consequences that matter for people. And in our republican system of government, the consequences flow directly from the people we select to lead us. Perhaps more than any other time in the history of nations, the consequences of leadership fall directly on the American people. If we select unrighteous rulers, then we alone bear the responsibility for the consequences (the “groaning”) that will follow.

We have seen the consequences in the past of selecting leaders who fail to uphold biblical morality and truth. And we continue to see those consequences today. That’s why we want to connect you to resources to help you understand the issues and your right as a pastor to stand for biblical truth during the election.

If you are concerned about what your legal rights are, please download our guidelines for pastors and churches that will help you clarify what is legally allowed. The bottom line, though, is that no pastor or church should ever fear the IRS when they stand for biblical truth.

If you want to understand the various attacks to religious freedom and the church, watch this video entitled “Legal Threats Facing the Church” The video outlines a mere fraction of what we see happening today that threatens the Church and religious freedom.

If you need guidance about the issues in this election, Dr. Wayne Grudem, a respected theologian, and author of “Politics According to the Bible” provides clear cut biblically based details for the positions of both parties. Use this resource as a guide for applying biblical truth to the issues confronting our nation today.

Dr. Jim Garlow, Pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, has a timely and urgent message for pastors in the video “The Call to Stand.” This video, produced in part by the Family Resource Council, encourages pastors that the time to stand boldly for biblical issues is now.

Overall, our desire is that you, as a pastor, be equipped, encouraged, and emboldened to stand as a voice for biblical truth during this election. Pastor, you are needed now more than ever. It’s time to speak up.

This post originally appeared here.

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