The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance mixes politics with religion, and that is difficult. Both subjects can easily anger people, and putting them together does not calm anyone. Nevertheless, politics involves moral choices, and we base our morality upon our religious beliefs. So we cannot — should not — separate our politics from what we believe about God. Nonetheless, many people say we must. Are they right? Here is an article by a gentleman who thinks otherwise.
By Austin Ruse (Friday, 01 November 20130
Every year on one particular Sunday, almost 2,000 Evangelical pastors get up in their pulpits and denounce and sometimes even endorse candidates for federal office. Isn’t this illegal? Doesn’t this violate the law that prohibits non-profit organizations from saying anything positive or negative about candidates for federal office? The pastors don’t think so, and they are waving the bloody flag right in the IRS’s face. Come and get us, if you dare.
Some pastors actually tape their sermons and send them to the IRS. The Reverend Barry Lynn, head of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a group founded by anti-Catholic Protestants, has lodged formal complaints with the IRS. But after several years, the IRS still hasn’t moved. None have lost their tax-exempt status. None. And this has been going on since 2008.
“Pulpit Freedom Sunday” was the idea of Alliance Defending Freedom, the $30-million-a-year non-profit law firm that specializes in life, faith, and family issues. They are 37-0 before the Supreme Court. They are salivating over the prospect of the IRS going after one of these Evangelical churches. They believe they can bust down the façade whereby the IRS has bullied clergy into silence. (continued here)
Remember what Jesus said.
John 15:18-27 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Hatred of the World
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,[a] but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
If as Christians we wish to obey the command of our Lord and carry our faith into the world, then we must risk rejection and fight for the right to do so.