kicksit1980 (42577)
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Patriotic Eagle
While I appreciate your respectful tone, there is freedom of speech, but not freedom from consequence. And when someone like Jones actively ruins lives by lying and spitting on the graves of dead children on a daily basis you have to expect that sooner or later there will be consequences.
Barack Obama -- Senate Floor Speech on Comprehensive Immigration Reform -- delivered 23 May 2007, Washington, D.C.
I thought that sounded too eloquent and intelligent to be Trump. Guess that's why.
Gay married man defends baker, as does the Supreme Court
Even Jesus said the Temple was for GOD. For PRAYER. For taking care of the spiritual needs of the people and for worshiping the Lord. He also indicated that the earthly glories of this world are in no way comparable to the eternal glory of God. If a politician is doing something despicable and sinful the pastor can use his pulpit to talk about the sin, not about the politics. Once he's out of that building his responsibilities change. He is still a pastor, he still carries weight with his congregation, and he can support or denounce a politician like any other private citizen, but that altar is for GOD, not for his personal stance on who should vote for who. Using his God given authority as the Shepherd of the Church body to push a particular candidate's earthy political message from the pulpit is borderline blasphemous. In using that pulpit to stump for a human political candidate you are presuming to speak FOR God and claim that God, in His infinite wisdom, totally agrees with YOUR political ideology. You're saying, "Hey, I know I'm here to feed you spiritually and lead you to the Lord, but let's talk about why you should vote for Bob Gunderson and his taxation plans." In using the Altar of God, which is for God ALONE, to promote a politician you metaphorically make that politician and his agenda equal to God and God's agenda. You indicate that your earthly political preferences are equal to God's eternal plan. Because if the Altar of God is for GOD ALONE, and you use it to promote a temporal politician, you either bring God down to the level of the politician or you have raised that politician up to share God's spotlight.
Gay married man defends baker, as does the Supreme Court
I've always felt that a pastor's place within the church itself is preaching the Word of God, not stumping for a particular Party or candidate. At least from the pulpit. What he does privately is his own affair, but when he is at the altar he is there to preach the Word. He can preach on the morality and Biblical or non-Biblical nature of our laws, and that's already legal, but to use his place at the altar to tell his congregation who to vote for, which is not legal, is an abuse of the trust given him. The church is the House of God, not a place to try and associate God's authority with a particular political candidate or Party. Can you imagine if the Israelite priests had used the Holy of Holies to hang banners for Pilate or Caesar? They'd have been stoned for blasphemy.
Gay married man defends baker, as does the Supreme Court
True, and the repercussions of "Religious Liberty" laws that impose the will of any religious group on others has blown back pretty hard, too. Groups suing schools to allow religious clubs to form on public school property ended up opening the door to atheist and satanist groups. And now there's a case before a court about a church suing for government funds to be allotted to fix up their church's playground, which could be used later to rescind tax exempt status and closed book policies for churches. Bet they didn't think about that when they complained. :D