October 11, 2012
Your Turn: Will Your Church Get Political?
As Election Day nears, the church-and-politics debate heats up.
With Election Day less than a month away, discussion about the role of churches in the political realm remains robust across the country.
Last week's "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," conducted by the Alliance Defending Freedom, drew nearly 1,500 participating churches, the largest number since its inception in 2008. Our colleague Skye Jethani has a thoughtful essay on our sister site Out of Ur about religious liberty and gay rights. And the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life last week issued an updated guide to churches and political activity.
We've covered the politics of religion, the debate on churches and political activity (including a movement of churches in Maine to raise money for the political action committee opposing a same-sex referendum in that state on this November's ballot), and the 13 benefits of tax exemption that churches should weigh while deciding how political to get.
The topic remains visible. And ripe for debate.
Now it's your turn. As heated races at the local, state, and federal level come down to the wire, what is your church doing this political season? Should churches actively lobby on legislative matters? Officially endorse or oppose candidates at the pulpit or through church communications, such as bulletins, newsletters, websites, and social media?
Or should churches take neutral positions on legislation? Remain silent regarding candidates?
Is there a middle ground?