For Pastors


This page is a resource for pastors, who have an important role in supporting candidates and local government. Although pastors can be vocal about their support, the church itself walks a fine line. Read these Political Guidelines for Pastors and Churches to understand when and how pastors and churches should get involved in the political process.

For a historical view, consider this:

Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826) a Yale divinity school graduate, and father of Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code, was highly alarmed by how far the clergy had moved from sound Bible doctrine by the influence of European rationalism.  In a 1799 sermon “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Morse said the following:

Our dangers are of two kinds, those which affect our religion, and those which affect our government.  They are, however, so closely allied that they cannot, with propriety, be separated. . . . To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political happiness which mankind now enjoys.  In the proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation. . .in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of  complete despotism. . .It follows, that all efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness.  Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.    –Jedidiah Morse (1799) 

(From In God We Still Trust, Dr. Richard G. Lee, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010; Feb. 19 Daily Devotional)

 

GOD IN GOVERNMENT?

                Only recently has the notion that God has no place in government taken hold.  Following the court-imposed removal of prayer and the Bible from schools, World Book Encyclopedia (1963) noted, “this is the first time there has been a separation of church and state in education.”  Not coincidentally, reverence for God has also diminished in the family and the church.

                A dramatic decline in test scores and graduation rates, and a corresponding increase in teen pregnancies, drug and alcohol use, and school violence, demonstrates the consequences of removing God from any sphere of influence.

 

WHEN LEADERS VIOLATE PUBLIC TRUST

                The late Francis Schaeffer warned, “God ordained the State as a delegated authority; it is not autonomous.  So, when government violates what God clearly commands, it exceeds its authority.”  When the great evangelist Charles Finney became president of Oberlin College in Ohio, he used that platform to become one of the first national voices to speak out consistently against slavery.  He vigorously supported the North in the Civil War and later championed the women’s right-to-vote.  Dr. Adrian Rogers adds, “…The church is the conscience of the state.  We need to speak up and say what God’s Word says…Satan’s strategy is to keep good people silent in evil times…”

Religion [is] the basis and Foundation of Government.                          –President James Madison

 

 

Read these Political Guidelines for Pastors and Churches to learn more.