The closer we get to November 7th, the more contentious the rhetoric seems to get. The question is, do you believe that pastors should endorse a candidate from the pulpit? The IRS Tax Code is set up to deny pastors that right...but is it truly a "right"?
This is a most interesting survey...
Meanwhile, in many mainline churches, the curious thing this Oct. 7 will not be Pulpit Freedom Sunday, but World Communion Sunday.
In these churches, the day’s worship will not be centered on one man
(because it is almost always a man who enjoy freedom to speak in a
pulpit in most churches) at the podium, but on the body of Christ around
the world feasting at a communal table.
The difference in how
this Sunday will be marked seems instructive, symbolic even. In one, the
focus rests on the importance of freedom and of an individual speaking
out, fist pounding with righteous fury about a fleeting moment in one
country’s political history. In the other, the focus will be on men,
women, children, rich, poor, gays, lesbians, Africans, Asians,
Australians, Europeans, and Americans, coming to a shared table with
thanksgiving and solidarity, palms outstretched receiving a piece of
bread, a sip of wine, eternal life.
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