Sunday, July 30, 2006

More on politics

A month ago, I wrote about my frustration with many in the church confusing their faith in Christ and their politics.

Thanks again to willzhead and this entry, I found this article (Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock) that was published in the New York Times. To sum it up....

A pastor of a large church in St. Paul, Minnesota got frustrated by requests to lend his credibility and the credibility of his church to political causes. He preached 6 sermons "in which he said the church should steer clear of politics, give up moralizing on sexual issues, stop claiming the United States as a "“Christian nation" and stop glorifying American military campaigns".

By the time the dust settled, 20% of his formerly 5000 member congregation left the church. I have a lot of admiration for the pastor! How long have the followers of Jesus been politically opposing people, pushing them away from Jesus instead of drawing them closer because we confuse our political stance with our religious experience?

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