Monday, May 5, 2008

Mega-Churches and Politics....

Mega-Churches and Politics

Christians and other (I hesitate to call belief systems religion; as most religions are simply the hijacking and watering down for popular consumption of a belief system) people with different belief systems and all citizens are welcome to participate in our representative Republic (it's not a true Democracy - thank God).

But (and a big but) any church (note the small "c") and other organization which uses its power and platform to give voice to a particular candidate should not be able to function as tax exempt and non-profit (and I am aware of the inequity that seems to be present between so-called conservative and liberal candidates and the treatment received from the Government of the groups and churches that give them voice).

The true Church would never think of presenting a political candidate as a speaker and thus attaching to said speaker the endorsement of the Church.

My Church has one objective: teaching and adherence to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This does not mean non-involvement from the individual members in the political process, but it does mean recognition of our representative Republic as a separate entity from the Church (big "C"). From my perspective, large churches tend to water their knowledge of the Gospel down with politics and involvements that detract from the true function of The Bride of Christ. The local Church should not exist as a social center and protective bubble that keeps away the World. It should be a place of worship and teaching that inspires its members to live their lives in the world as Jesus would; the effect hopefully being one of constant example.

Protest and picket all you want, but If you want to help change a life and influence the world, go work in a soup-kitchen; and when you spoon out that soup, accompany it with a simple "Jesus loves you, He died for you, and if you want to know how to live with Him forever, I'll be happy to tell you."

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