Preaching Politics

Michelle Obama recently said there is “no better place” than church to talk about political issues. To some extent she is right. While not all political matters are worthy of our discussion in the assembly of the saints, those “political” matters that are addressed in the Bible will be taught by faithful men who are striving to speak as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11), proclaiming the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Therefore, we speak where the Bible speaks, even on certain “political” topics. Some examples of such topics are listed below:

  • We speak on the sin of abortion as it terminates the life of one who was made in God’s image (Genesis 9:6) and is recognized by God just as one who has already been born (Psalm 139:13-16).
  • We speak on the sin of homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10) and the fact that marriage is for one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-5).
  • We speak on the fact that those who are unwilling to work are unworthy of aid (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
  • We call attention to the wise man’s words about the ineffectiveness of a bloated government bureaucracy (Ecclesiastes 5:8).
  • We explain the Scriptures that describe the limited role for which God ordained civil government (Romans 13:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:2).

Yes, we can and should preach these things from the pulpit!

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