CNN reported on Sunday, Sept. 28, that roughly 30 pastors across the United Sates would be “preaching politics” from the pulpit, a clear violation of tax laws prohibiting churches and other tax exempt entities from participating in political campaigns on behalf of candidates. Is it right for pastors to preach politics from the pulpit? And by endorsing a particular candidate over another, do pastors risk creating rifts within their congregations, when their goal should be to promote unity in their churches? Have you preached politics from the pulpit during any of your sermons?
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the United States Bill of Rights that expressly prohibits the United States Congress from making laws “respecting an establishment of religion” or that prohibit the free exercise of religion, laws that infringe the freedom of speech, infringe the freedom of the press, limit the right to peaceably assemble, or limit the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.