Pulpit Freedom Sunday is coming closer. On October 2, 2011, hundreds of pastors will stand united in their pulpits and preach freely on issues related to candidates and elections. Most pastors have not been preaching sermons like this since the Johnson Amendment was added to the tax code in 1954, effectively silencing the speech of pastors through intimidation and fear. Yet a growing nationwide movement of pastors are refusing to be intimidated. They are willing to stand up and exercise their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and free exercise of religion by boldly preaching on Pulpit Freedom Sunday. These pastors are courageously regaining the freedom of the pulpit.
Many years ago, James Garfield said:
Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.
The Church has a role to play in upholding morality and exalting righteousness in America. For the last 57 years, the American pulpit has fallen silent and politics and politicians have gotten a “free pass” from the biblical watchdogs who have been afraid to raise their voice against rampant evil and unrighteousness.
But that is all about to change. Watch this Sunday, October 2, as hundreds of pastors exercise their prophetic role in this country. As my good friend Pastor Jim Garlow says, this could be the final ingredient we need for the next Great Awakening in America. Let’s pray together to that end.
If you want to find out more about Pulpit Freedom Sunday, visit our website. We encourage every pastor in America to join us in Pulpit Freedom Sunday. It’s not too early to begin to think about next year’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday as well.
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