I’ve been pretty bewildered by events of the past year and the general bent of the church in the political arena. Actually, I’ve been pretty bewildered for a while, but this year has really just been a doozie. So, I was happy to hear this from my pastor at the Christmas Eve service.
“To listen to some Evangelical Christians talk, you would think that, in order for God’s will to be done on earth, we need to make sure that American political power remains in the right hands. We’ve come to a place where we often speak more passionately and most frequently with a political voice rather than a prophetic one; preaching conservatism more than we preach Christ.
And I am not discounting the importance of political involvement in fact in a democratic society I think we have an obligation, a responsibility to steward the power that is given to us as the people. But, as we do so, we need a proper sense of proportion, and we do need to be concerned about what is the message that the world identifies with the church.
And if our gospel voice is drowned out by our own shouts about earthly matters we may find in the end that we’ve simply assisted people in gaining the whole world while they’ve lost their souls.”