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June / July 2018

posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:45 AM by Lee Church

Dearest Friends in Christ,

              Recently I read an article from the Wall Street Journal (May 5-6, 2018 issue) entitled “Politics Revives Protestants – At a Cost.”  It is an interesting read and you are welcome to a copy if you wish.  The article speaks about the increasing trend for progressive mainstream churches to become openly political, both in sermons and in ministry practice.  The rationale is that Jesus was not politically neutral, and neither should his followers be.  So, according to the article, pastors are taking political sides in the pulpit and in encouraging political activism around several current controversial issues –immigration and sanctuary being particularly popular topics.

I am interested in your feelings on this.  As many of you are aware, my sermons are Biblically based and I go to great lengths not to be political in the pulpit.  This is not because I am unconcerned with these important issues, but rather that I am trying to be sensitive to the diversity of the congregation.  I prefer to lift up Scripture, allowing each of you to receive the call of the Gospel as it speaks to you.  If I were to share my personal feelings on these issues of the day from the pulpit, I would likely risk putting my pastoral relationship in jeopardy with folks who view things differently.  Further, I have a lot of respect for the power of the pulpit, and seek never to abuse it by trying to influence others by claiming a particular authority.  Interestingly, the WSJ article claims that churches who take strong political stands are bringing in many new members, although they are also losing long-time members.  One comment that caught my attention was that sermons had ceased to ever mention Christ.

It is doubtful that I will change my mind on this matter, but one never knows how the Spirit will work.  So I invite your thoughts and opinions on what matters the most to you, and how you would like to see this play out in the life of the Lee Church.

Wishing you blessings and peace,

Pastor Gail