By Pastor Nathan A. Cherry and Eric Porteous
By now you’ve probably heard of the florist in Washington, the baker in Colorado, and the photographer in New Mexico. Each of these brave and devout people have faced lawsuits for adhering to their religious convictions.
It’s a troubling time in our nation indeed. After all, these are just 3 cases, but there are many more just like them.
The right to act on what we believe and live out our faith are under attack.
And with so many in our congregations misinformed or uniformed, pastors…we need you to rise up.
We need you to boldly preach the Gospel in your churches.
100% Biblical Truth.
No fear of backlash, IRS codes, or threats from the government.
Pure God-given fortitude.
Have churches been intimidated and lied to regarding their speech rights since the adoption of the “Johnson Amendment” in 1954?
Will that happen to you?
But, keep this in mind. To date, not one church has ever lost its tax exempt status over political involvement and activism. Furthermore, even if a church’s tax-exempt status was revoked, it would only be for one day (the day of the “illegal activity”).
In other words, the IRS knows it cannot legally revoke a church’s tax-exempt status permanently.
They are crying wolf.
Don’t give in to their empty threats.
Know the law.
And most of all, trust in the Lord.
Consider our founding fathers, many of whom had seminary and Bible degrees or were pastors themselves. They believed so strongly in the involvement of pastors and Bible teachers in political matters that they risked their lives signing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
As a pastor, you have every right to engage in Biblical teaching on social issues and even to “shine a light” on the position of candidates in order to shepherd your congregation.
We can’t segregate our faith from our politics.
Politics should be born of faith.
The two are inseparable.
And if you need a little more motivation to speak on these issues from your pulpit, watch this video of Michelle Obama telling a church group that there is “no place better” to talk about politics than in the church.
Pastors, it’s time to be bold.
It’s time to rise up.
Without religious freedom many of you could be out of a job, and it would be sad to see a day when a country that was once free to worship no longer enjoyed that freedom due to the apathy of its religious leaders.
Make the pledge today to unite with thousands of pastors across the country for Pulpit Freedom Sunday on October 5, 2014.
Your congregation needs you.
This country needs you.
And the future of religious freedom could depend on you.