Summary: Should there be anything said about politics from the pulpit? I submit that there is a point where church and state come together...
I am not a politician and have not been called to be a politician. I’m glad that some people do feel a calling to take on those responsibilities, but I’m also glad that it’s not me. I am, however, a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ and have a strong calling on my life to preach that gospel. I am also called to be a pastor of a congregation of believers, and at the present time, the pastor of this particular congregation. It is my strong desire, that when I stand before the Lord, at the judgement, that I will hear Him say, concerning these responsibilities, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
There are those who would say that a preacher should never even speak about matters of politics, that is an abuse of his influence. Usually, those who say that, hold up the phrase, “separation of church and state.”
The phrase, “separation of church and state,” is often cited as being set forth in the first amendment of the constitution, however, that’s not all what the first amendment says. It says, “Congress shall make no laws prohibiting religion, or the free exercise thereof.” This phrase, “separation of church and state,” was written in a letter, by Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, to the Danbury Baptist Association, in the state of Connecticut.
With that said, I will quickly add that it is my own convictions that the pulpit should not be used to promote any political candidate, a thing that is commonly done in a number of pulpits across the country without any governmental repercussions.
The question that begs for answer is whether or not the church has anything to say about the state of the government and its future. The answer is a resounding, “yes,” because the Bible has something to say, and at any point the Bible has something to say, the Bible preacher has something to say, and the church has something to say.
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus said that we, His followers, “are the salt of the earth...” Salt is a powerful thing. Just a little of it goes a long way and is able to give things a much more pleasing taste. I personally could live without sugar much more easily than I could live without salt. Salt has healing properties within it. As a boy, I kept myself injured in one way or another most of the time. I remember going to the ocean for the first time, as a young boy, and I had a skinned knee from a recent fall. After just one day of playing in the salt water, my knee made a remarkable recovery. Salt is also a powerful preservative. In my grandparent’s day, country people did not go to the grocery store and buy meat, or a whole of other things, for that matter. They raised their own animals and killed and processed them for their meat. My grand dad had a smoke house, where he would hang meat, then he would build a fire in that building with hickory wood, and he would smoke that meat for flavor. He would put meat in salt to preserve it. If it was in the salt, it didn’t have to be refrigerated, and it was a good thing, because he didn’t have a refrigerator.