Monthly Archives: May 2008

What can the church say regarding political issues?


Here is where you can get a copy of the IRS guide for dealing with political issues. Link is above this line of text.

Here are notes from the ministers conference 5May08:

Jerry Royal speaks on what we can tell our people:

Matt 22: 37 – 40

37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[a] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Agape: unselfish, unconditional commitment to the greatest good of another.

Main thing we can do politically is pray for God’s will to be done in people getting to office.

1 Tim 2:2
Pray for all who are in authority

Romans 13:1
1 Peter 2:13
To submit to the governing authorities. He gave us those words at a time when the governing authorities were for the most part not godly rulers. Exceptions where God and law in conflict

Acts 4:19, 5:29
Obey God over man

By God’s grace we don’t face that dilemma like so many others are. And God calls those people to not follow that law

We can talk about what God’s word says about the issues. Like abortion and the sanctity of life
•    Only 4% of Americans make their decision making on Biblical worldview and only 9% of born again Christians do.
You cannot loby, you as a pastor trying to call officials to change policy or get others to do it.

So how much can I call or get others to about an issue.

You cannot be involved in any political campaign activity for or against a candidate.

Focus on Family on their website has where candidates stand on different issues. Found at


You can invite a candidate and mention their current status but cannot mention they are running.

IRS Publication 1828.