Call for Pastor Sensitivity: Expressing Views on Political Candidates


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A Call For Pastor’s Sensitivity in Expressing Views on Political Candidates

I am sure you can remember the advice to stay away from any conversations dealing with  sex, politics and religion.  This is because these topics can lead to some very heated debates.

As we look at our churches, whether we have a large church or small church, there is plenty of representation of diversity  within our pews.

Not everyone looks alike, wears the same types of clothing, comes from the same economic background or has the same amount of education.

That being said, we pastors need to be cautious and sensitive how we express our views regarding the upcoming election.  It is a personal decision to vote for either Obama or Romney based on what we have learned about each candidate.

It is inappropriate to use the pulpit to speak against either candidate. 

Why do I say this?  Because to do so is to not be sensitive to others who share a different view than we do.

The results in using the pulpit to express your personal opinions is to offend those who believe differently than you.  It is not fair because pastors are engaged in a monologue not a dialogue during these times.

It is simply not right. I guarantee that if you were to take a ‘silent’ or anonymous vote among your congregations you would NOT have 100% of the votes for either candidate. This is why I am against any organization endorsing a candidate because it assumes that everyone  who is employed in that organization believes as the organization does.

Therefore, for you to say things like, “You would have to be stupid to vote for __________” or  “You are out of touch if you are even considering ___________ as president” or “All __________does is speak lies” is for you to directly offend those who believe differently than you.

The pulpit is not the area for us to do this. It’s not biblical and is subjective in nature. I would rather support pastors who would take the time to put together an ‘objective’ pro and con sheet together on both candidates as a tool to assist members of the congregation in making an informed decision.

We need to provide aid in helping others come to a decision for themselves instead of telling them who to vote for. Feel free to read the article on “Who to Vote for: Obama or Romney.”

Keep in mind the larger the church, the more diverse the church.  Stop believing everyone believes as you do because not all do.  If we really believe when it is all said in done, that it is God who will put the man in office, we have to trust that He  knows what He is doing and that it is for divine purpose.

Let’s respect each others’ belief and views even if they are contrary to our own. Regardless of who gets in the office, we are called to pray for those who are in leadership over us.

Do you believe it is the pastors call to pass his own agenda in endorsing candidates from the pulpit?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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2 thoughts on “Call for Pastor Sensitivity: Expressing Views on Political Candidates

  1. I had the same experience not long ago. A pastor did exactly what you are talking about.
    It did not bother me because I have learned to think for myself. And yet I understand what you are saying. EVERY ONE SHOULD MAKE UP HIS OR HER MIND ON WHO THEY CHOSE TO VOTE FOR.

    What about those people who chose not to vote. Do you personally feel that they should vote. I have heard people say to those who do not vote. You should vote because this that or the other.
    Those people who do not vote have reasons for not voting. My question is, what is the difference in one person telling some one who to vote for? And another person tells a person that chose not to vote that they should vote “DO YOU GET MY POINT”

    I may not agree with what a person says. And yet not having a problem with what he says and why. From the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak, RIGHT,WRONG,OR INDIFFERENT.

    I say a lot of things that others disagree with. There are some things that I have said, that now I disagree with what I have said. I agree that the pulpit is a very sacred powerful platform that can do good or evil. My concern is with the issues they do not address on a regular basis. A pastor friend of mine told me yesterday in her church, three separations / divorces in three months. Hopefully after the election is over, they will begin to focus attention were it will make a difference.

    The family structure is the backbone of everything. Jesus used the family to describe his relationship to his church. I encourage you to vote for unity in the home, establish meeting places that deal with family issues. Develop financial education in our churches. Youth organizations teach our youth not to give into peer pressure.

    Getting the right person in the pulpit will make a BIGGER DIFFERENCE than who we put in the white house. Because they will yeach the family values that will affect the world.

    If you are of the same mind please contact me– I am working with several groups who are making a difference. We would like to meet you and together we can make a difference

    Bro. Mike

    • In defense of pastors, there are just some topics we are just passionate about; however, we must exercise control over our mouths sometimes for in an effort to get our points across we are unintentionally disrespectful to others. I agree with your comment on ‘the family structure is the background of everything.‘ Take a look at the blog om marriage that talks about safeguarding marriages and family. Blessings!