The other night, my wife and I were watching the news. Lord, have mercy on my soul — the Christian Broadcasting Network chief political analyst was there on the screen debating with a political commentator.
My mind went back in time to Long Branch, Locust Field and Jarrett Memorial Baptist churches that my mother insisted I attend until I was almost through high school. If any of those churches ever had a political analyst in its membership, I was never aware of it. Do any churches in Western North Carolina have one of those positions today?
I have been wondering since then what Biblical scripture suggests or mandates the position of chief political analyst. I reread Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, King James Version), thinking maybe it was in those profound teachings. But I did not find a word.
Please help me out on this. Show me the scripture that encourages political activity by churches.
— Dave Waldrop
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African American congregations are notorious for this…remember how they like to host candidates for many elections .
You do not reference the subject matter or the topic of the political analysis that you witnessed. Perhaps this would provide your readers with some context, which does matter to some.
For example, in John Chp. 18 & 19, Christ himself engages with Pontius Pilate, the Roman imperial representative in Palestine during the time of Christ. Christ engaged with Pilate about who is King and how Pilate has received his authority.
Politics, in it’s basic form is defined as, “the way that people living in groups make decisions” The Apostle Paul in Romans Chp 13 – 1, clearly states that governments receive its authority from God. Romans Chp 13 – 6 state how to get along with government. Governments make decisions. Hence, it seems reasonable to this lay person that Christ’s followers (The Church) would want to study, stay current on, and pay attention to how “people living in groups make decisions.” If a Church ,or any organization wants to budget for this position on payroll, that seems to me to be the decision of the Church or organization.
If we wanted to complicate matters, we could just call the CBN person, “a way that people living in groups make decisions analyst.”
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Do you all just print anything that you’re sent, or… ?
A violation of 501(c)(3), but no one holds them accountable.
Roberto – 501 c 3 does not allow campaigning for candidate. But does allow for education on any issue.
The bible…face palm.