6. They don’t want to lose their Tax Exempt status. Many pastors, priests and parishioners have been cowed into inactivity by the threatened loss of their tax-exempt status if they say anything remotely political. This can make pastors who don’t, or won’t, get good legal advice about as politically active as Howard Hughes was during the flu season.
The church may, among other things, register their members to vote, pass out voter guides, invite all candidates in a race to speak (even if only one of them shows up) and speak directly about specific issues.
Off the clock, in his personal capacity, the pastor or priest can endorse and support (or oppose) whomever or whatever he wishes—like any other citizen. There are no limitations to the individual; the ones that do exist under the 501(c)(3) statute are only for the church entity and/or the pastor in his official capacity, not for the pastor or the members who make up the church.
7. They bathe in paltry pietism. Pastors and priests avoid politics because such concerns are “unspiritual,” and their focus is on the “spirit world.” Yes, to such imbalanced ministers, political affairs are seen as “temporal and carnal,” because pastors and priests trade in the “eternal and spiritual,” such “transient” issues get the same attention from them as Rosie’s AbBlaster does from her.
This bunch is primarily into heavenly emotions and personal Bible study, and they stay safely tucked away from society and its complicated issues. They forget that they are commanded to be seriously engaged with our culture.
8. They have bought into the Taliban comparison. Pastors and priests have muffled their political voices because they fear being lumped in with Islam by the politically correct thought police. The correlation made between Christians’ non-violent attempts at policy persuasion and the Taliban’s kill-you-in-your-sleep campaigns is nothing more than pure, uncut crapola.
Ministers, please blow off the tongue wagging blowhards who try to intimidate you into silence by making quantum, ludicrous, scat laden and analogous leaps in equating the implementation of a gracious, Biblical worldview with the Islamo-fascists cross-eyed perspective.
9. They can’t say, “Heck no!” to minutiae. Some ministers can’t get involved in studying or speaking out regarding pressing issues simply because of the ten tons of junk they are forced to field within their congregations. Spending time wet nursing 30-year-olds without a life and being bogged down in committee meetings over which shade of pink paint should be used for the Women A-glow’s ministerial wing of their church, ministers are lucky if they get to study the scripture nowadays—much less anything else.
This is the fault of both the ministers with their messiah complexes and the congregants with their me-monkey syndromes, and they must all have an exorcism (or something) if the church is going to tackle cultural issues.
10. They likey the money. The creepy thing about a lot of ministers is their unwillingness to give political or cultural offense when offense is needed, simply because taking a biblical stand on a political issue might cost them their time-share in Sanibel and their 550i. Oh well, what do you expect? Christ had His Judas, and evangelicalism has it cheap hookers.
Never fear, pastor. Even though nailing your colors to the mast during putrid political times might cost you a parishioner or two, don’t sweat it. There are also tens of thousands of serious parishioners who are looking for leaders with the guts to lead the church to make its proper stance during the days of Madonna, Ward Churchill and Osama.
If the ministers within the good old USofA would crucify their fear of man, get solidly briefed regarding the chief political issues, not sweat necessary division, not get caught up in last days madness, maintain their hope for tomorrow, understand their liberties under God and our Constitution, not become so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good, focus on the majors and blow off bowing to cash instead of convictions, then maybe . . . just maybe . . . we will see their influence cause our nation to take a righteous turn away from the secularist progressives’ putrid pit.
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