Received an email from a church pastor today. Apparently, a guest speaker at this particular church must have said some things that the pastor (who was out of town yesterday) thought "crossed the line" regarding discussion of the upcoming election. The letter indicates that the guest speaker must have shared who he/she thinks Christians should vote for. [I don't know which candidate he/she sided with.] In full disclosure, I was out of town, too. I did not hear the sermon, do not know who the "guest speaker" was, nor was I able to access the video version of the sermon online.
The following is an email that I received today. I wanted to put it out there (especially for my fellow Christian readers who frequent Talk Wisdom) and ask what your thoughts are about the content of the email. I will hold my opinions about it until a few days have passed - giving readers a chance to express their own opinions about it.
Copy of email (with name of church and pastor redacted):
Talk Wisdom Reports...You Decide.I am writing in response to comments made by our guest speaker at the morning services yesterday. Even though the intent of the interview was to focus on the general concept of voting according to a biblical worldview, the speaker's comments strayed further from that message than I would have liked so I wanted to clarify where we stand as a church on issues related to the election.
As Christians, God's Word should guide and direct every area of our lives, even our voting decisions. Proverbs 3:5-6
Because God created the concept of government as a tool to fulfill His will, Romans 13:1, our political views and voting decisions should not be separated from our biblical beliefs. Just as non-believers vote according to their belief system, so believers should vote according to their belief system.
How that pertains to this particular election is up to you. The [ ] Church has no intent to endorse or campaign for one party or candidate. We do not at all believe that one party or candidate has a corner market on the bible or God.
I am fully aware that there are strong opposing political opinions in our church and I respect those differences. Since I was out of town for this Sunday's services, I was not immediately aware of the content. When I became aware, we made the necessary adjustments to the presentation.
I want to encourage you to pray and trust that the Lord will lead you in your voting decisions. We are committed to praying for and partnering with whoever is elected our next President.
If you have any comments that you would like to make, or thoughts on how we can do things better, please contact Pastor [....].