Periodically, all preachers are warned not to preach politics from the pulpit. I don't hear that very often, but when I do, it's usually on a Sunday that I have preached the gospel of Jesus Christ most passionately. I suppose it's important for all of us to come to an agreement about the meaning of the word 'politics.' If you're talking about the platforms of a particular political party then I wholeheartedly agree that it's a bad idea to challenge the Johnson Amendment and the prohibition against preaching politics from the pulpit. But that's partisan politics. That's encouraging people to choose one political party over another. And I couldn't agree more that preachers shouldn't do that from the pulpit. From my perspective, preachers shouldn't do that at all...pulpit or no pulpit. But, my understanding of the definition of 'politics' is that it covers all the actions related to how decisions are made between and among human beings about the distribution of resources and power and basically how we treat one another. Jesus was all into the power dynamic...in a way that we mere mortals have yet to understand. How could the most powerful personage to ever walk the earth end up executed on a Roman cross? And if he wasn't the most powerful personage to ever walk the earth, why are we still putting him at the center of our lives...or at least trying to? And what does he mean when he says that his kingdom is not of this world? What other world is he talking about? And what did he teach us about real power?
Rev. Liz Tomlinson