Does anyone else out there have any defense for this politicizing of church that seems to be so prevalent?
Personally (and this is not the topic under discussion), I think that abortion does have a moral component, and so somewhat falls into the church’s arena of “expertise,” but it really bugs me when Christians just assume that you have a certain political view because you’re at their church, homegroup, etc. And I really get smouldering when it comes from pastors.
I went to my girlfriend’s church, and the head pastor (!!!) of this extremely large (five services a weekend in a big building) made a joke about Al Gore during all the recount in Florida fuss.
He said something like “And if you’re depending on recounts to give you the election, give it up.” (It made some sense somewhat in the flow of what he was talking about, he didn’t just bring it up completely out of nowhere.)
I seemed to be the only person not laughing. It bugs me when people assume my political view because of my religion. My church only has voter registration, and some factual “These guys stated their positions to be as follows:” type of pamphlets. They go out of their way to not make wisecracks or endorsements based on party, etc. The only derogatory comments of any kind I can remember about Clinton made by a pastor had to do with things like his (let’s just call it) adultery and lying.
Maybe this isn’t the kind of topic to spark a wild discussion here, because this board has kind of a libertarian-get your stuff out my face-type attitude, but I just wanted to get that off my chest.
So, any evangelicals got any defense of that at all? It’s one thing for James Dobson to assume you’re concerned about family issues (and even he may go a little far in politicizing the whole thing), but I’m sick of people making others feel uncomfortable by just assuming their thoughts for them. I think I’ll go send an email to that pastor right now.