Are American Christians too politicized? Or are we not politically minded enough? And what about Christian leaders in America? Are they (we) too outspoken politically? Or perhaps not enough?
I decided to come at this from another angle, asking this question on Twitter: “What’s your opinion? If Paul was alive today and a USA citizen, how political would he be?”
Since Twitter allows four possible responses to a poll, and since there are constraints as to how many characters can be used for each response, I offered these options, with the responses placed here in parentheses:
- He would not even vote (30%).
- He would vote secretly (34%).
- He’d announce his vote (22%).
- He’d endorse a candidate (14%).
So, almost two-thirds (64%, to be exact) felt that Paul would either not vote at all or else be secretive in his vote. And just 14% could see Paul endorsing a candidate. Very interesting!
Obviously, in the minds of those who responded to this poll, Paul was not seen through a political lens, even though he appealed to his Roman citizenship at times in Acts, and even though he spoke directly to the Jewish leadership and other Roman leadership.
Still, in the minds of the majority of the responders, Paul was more spiritual than political. Or, at the least, he would not want his political views to be a focal point.
Interestingly, in polling I’ve done over the years, it’s clear that a large majority of congregants want their pastors to address controversial moral and cultural issues. In fact, when I have shown the video titled, “Why Don’t More Pastors Speak Out?”, the public response is overwhelmingly positive. It’s as if a corporate “Yes” erupts from the crowd as they express their agreement and affirmation.
But it would appear that people make a distinction between a minister addressing cultural issues and a minister voting for (or, even more so, endorsing) a candidate. This was confirmed when I tweeted the question, “If Paul was alive today and a USA citizen, would he take a public stance on abortion?”
The landslide answer was that he would be openly pro-life. Very, very few thought he would be “pro-choice” (not my favorite way of putting it, but simply used for simplicity). Even fewer thought he would keep his views private. (The poll results were not final as of this writing.)
So, why the strong disparity between Paul taking a public stance against abortion versus Paul being outspoken for a political candidate?
It would appear that, when it comes to addressing cultural issues, we can do so without equivocation or compromise. We are pro-life, period. Abortion is wrong, period. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman, period.
We can quote Scriptures to support our views, and we can advocate for those views with love and compassion.
There’s no mixture. There’s no political affiliation. There’s no ambiguity. There’s simply truth. God’s truth.
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SOURCE: Charisma News