Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Oklahoma's "Baptized" Voters' Guide

Thanks to David Flick at the Flick's Flickerings blog for calling attention to the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger's Voters Guide. The Baptist Messenger is the official newsletter of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

I haven't seen a copy myself yet and it isn't up on their website, so I'll postpone commenting myself until I've seen it. Here's a quote from Flick:

I abhor the idea of churches and denominations getting involved in producing and distributing voters' guides. Secular politics is NOT, and never has been, the purpose and goal of the church. The purpose of the church is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to evangelize the lost and disciple the believers. I am not opposed to Christians becoming involved in secular politics. I believe it's appropriate for Christians to be involved in politics, but I believe it is inappropriate for Christians to use the church as a platform for promoting secular politics and distributing voters' guides.

Voters' guides always claim to be impartial and nonpartisan. That claim, however, is false. Voters' guides are always biased to one view or another. I have never pastored a church that was comprised only of Democrats or of Republicans. I have never pastored a church wherein the members were all of one political persuasion. As pastor, I always sought to be totally unbiased when it comes to secular politics. I do not, and never did, discuss secular politics from the pulpit. I have, on numerous occasions, taken public stands from the pulpit on moral issues. But I eschewed discussing Republican or Democratic political views from the pulpit. That was a self-imposed off limits that I established for myself early in my ministry. God called me to preach the gospel and pastor people. He did not call me to become involved in partisan politics. I believe in the strictest interpretation of separation of church and state.

1 comment:

P.M. Prescott said...

There was a time when that was the norm for preachers, now it's the exception.