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?