The president of the general conference for the Seventh Day Adventist Church has expressed his opposition to clergy preaching politics from the pulpit.
President Ted N.C. Wilson said in a sermon before a large gathering of Adventists in Kampala, Uganda that pastors should not engage in church politicking.
“It is against our code of ethics as SDA to stand on the pulpit and start to campaign for someone,” said Wilson, as reported by the Ugandan news publication the Daily Monitor on Sunday.
“Telling them to vote for this one or the other, support this policy or the other. Our work is to preach to the people and show them the right way to heaven and not involve ourselves in politics.”
During his visit to the East African nation, Wilson also commended Uganda for not caving into western cultural norms regarding the family unit.
“Family is the cornerstone of society. Western culture has tarnished the whole meaning of family,” added Wilson.
“But here in Africa God has given you a sacred belief in family. Do not accept the foreign culture to influence you on the idea of marriage. Do not be violent and continue to love each other.”
Wilson is not the only Christian leader to be critical of church politicking. A 2017 National Association of Evangelicals survey claimed that about 90 percent of evangelical leaders oppose clergy endorsing politicians from the pulpit, though the survey was a non-representative sample.
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Source: Christian Post