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Pastor To Encourage Voting

What is your opinion of a pastor recommending how to vote to his church members from the pulpit? Is it OK for him to do this?

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A pastor's job is to preach and teach the Word of God. How a person is to vote is a matter of the Holy Spirit of God giving wisdom and discernment to each citizen who chooses to vote. Pastors who tell how to vote are overstepping their boundaries in doing so. I have left churches where the pastor tells how to vote. God gave the Holy Spirit to do that for me.
---Madison on 3/8/08


I think it is wrong to tell someone how to vote but it is important to encourage them to vote, and provide information on all canidates. Under the current tax law system this is pretty tricky though. I think our gov't is controling the church by the threat of taxation. (how wrong is this) So I support and promote the fair tax in my church so it will get govt' out of the church all the way.
---Jared on 11/20/06


I believe Jesus said to render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. I find no place in the pulpit to support or condemn political policies. However, if my preacher sees a potential leader as being against God, I believe he has an obligation to share it (with proof). On the tax exempt status, a church can only lose it if they apply to the government for it, making them subject to the government (see my 1st sent').
---mikefl on 2/26/06


LOL, whatever....I guess now I'm (along with millions of other God-fearing Christian people) are going straight to hell because we VOTE?! You have GOT to be kidding!
---anonymous on 2/9/06


anonymous, believe and do whatever you desire. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
---Eloy on 2/9/06




cont'd: If a believer votes for a candidate who supports abortion, same sex marriage, and all other sorts of evil, because of thier political party, they just as well put their stamp of approval on those things. I firmly believe that we should, as believers, vote for morality instead of a party. I totally believe it was the Christian voice that put our current president into office. 'Christians' who disagree with that need to examine their motives for why they voted for his evil-minded oponent.
---anonymous on 2/8/06


Eloy, there's an old saying: What kind of church would my church be, if everyone in it were just like me? Well, what kind of COUNTRY would America be if everyone held your same opinion as you on this subject? About the scripture, doing one's part as an American citizen is NOT getting 'tangled in civilian affairs' NOR is it participating in evil. Just because neither candidate is a Christian, we can't stick our head in the sand and 'be so heavenly minded that we're of no earthly good'....
---anonymous on 2/8/06


anonymous, The verse is about the spiritual man not engaging in politics and worldy affairs: "No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who has chosen him to be a soldier." II Timothy 2:4. Free speech- free to complain about anything whether voting or not. If the voting is evil, than nonvoters rightly condemn it and don't partake of it. Voting does not promote nor hinder godliness, and it's a falacy to think morality can be legislated by government.
---Eloy on 2/8/06


It is okay for a pastor to encourage the church members to vote, but it is not okay for him to tell them how to vote.
---Melissa on 2/7/06


Eloy, that scripture had NOTHING to do with voting. What I meant is, if you don't vote, you don't have any room to gripe and complain. I hear church people all the time talking about how wrong abortion is, and how wrong same sex marriage is and blah blah blah, and they wouldn't even know how to operate a voting ballot because they've never voted! Makes as much sense as a woman I knew once who refused to show up for jury duty because "the Bible says we shouldn't judge" -???
---anonymous on 2/6/06




No. Pastors are to feed the sheep only the gospel, the Word of God, and nothing else. If a pastor is so impassioned about politics that he carries it with him to the pulpit, than perhaps he is in the wrong profession and should leave preaching sermons for secularism. BTW there is absolutely no shame to nonvoters: for example, if every candidate running for an office is bad, than it's best and righteous not to vote at all. Please read II Timothy 2:4.
---Eloy on 2/6/06


Church is no place to dicuss politics for any reason. It is okay for the Pastor to tell the people to go out a vote but it isn't okay for him to say who to vote for. that is just wrong. Church and politics should not mix. that is what is wrong with alot of churches these days.
---Rebecca_D on 2/6/06


I don't believe it's 'proper' to name names from the pulpit, nor do I feel it's right to preach an entire sermon centered around politics. However, the state of our country should be a concern of every believer, and I say 'shame on you' if you don't vote! It's not a candidate that Pastors should push, it's right and wrong stands on moral issues. That's not preaching politics, that's preaching the word of God.
---anonymous on 2/6/06


No it is not O.K. for him to do that.
---M.P. on 2/6/06


Pastors are perfectly free to get involved in partisan politics and issues even to recommending positions or candidates. But they must also recognize that in the USA it can result in loosing the tax exempt status of their church which can go up and down the hiracy in a domination destroying it tax exempt status. So Uncle Sam has a very large fly swatter to use when pastors become too militant.
---Phil_the_Elder on 2/6/06


Its okay to remind people to get out and vote, but NEVER who to vote for! He's out of bounds.
---NVBarbara on 2/5/06


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if a pastor does that, he is overstepping his responsibilities.
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/5/06


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