the coming election

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,” — the Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 10.3

I read a article today in the opinion pages of The Charlotte Observer, regarding the upcoming election here in the United States. As I read it, I was profoundly moved to make a statement of my own.

For years conservative, bible-believing churches in the United States have been harassed and hounded by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) as well as the AU (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) in order to silence them in the pulpit. Most citizens of the United States do not know that for about the first 150 years of our existence as a Republic, pastors in the United States could freely speak from the pulpit about any social issue or public figure, guided only by their conscience and their interpretation of Scripture. In 1954, then-Senator Lydon Baines Johnson inserted language into an IRS funding bill that took away freedom of speech from America’s spiritual leaders. Johnson was motivated to do so in order to silence his detractors in Texas, where pastors regularly called his political behavior into question in the light of Scripture.

In the 2004 Presidential election I stumbled across a website called www.ratoutachurch.org.  While I don’t agree with all of their practices, I was stunned at the content of the page.  For every liberal church that dare to “endorse” a political candidate, they can now be held accountable.  While conservative churches have been threatened with losing their tax-exempt status, liberal churches in the United States have been mostly free from such harassment.  The playing field has been some-what leveled by the aforementioned webpage.

If you, like me, see Christianity as a system that is directly opposed to the politcs of power that we are surrounded by currently, then I encourage you not to use the above link.   On the other hand, if you are tired of seeing freedom of speech rolled over, and pastors bullied by the IRS, by all means, go rat out a church…

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