Politics and the Pulpit

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Politics and the Pulpit

Written By Steve Lennertz

Politics and the Pulpit

Politics and election season are well on their way in 2024. Political banter is increasing, lines are drawn in the sand, and pundits are promulgating their views. It occurs at church, before and after church services, and in the courtyard. It’s a buzz—just like last election season. Some pastors love it, while others see it as a distraction from their church’s vision. Unfortunately, it’s where we are. Good luck trying to stop it! People are passionate about their politics. They’re deeply concerned about the future and horrified by our nation’s moral collapse. I get it! 

As a pastor, you understand your call to the Gospel ministry. You know your focus has to align with Jesus’ last words—the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20). Your job description is sharing the Good News of Jesus (the Gospel), baptizing new converts, and discipling the troops. BUT, we are in an election season, and all people seem concerned about is politics. It’s all they want to talk about. So, what’s a pastor supposed to do?

Here’s the answer:

  1. Preach and teach through the Bible.
  2. Share the Gospel.
  3. Exposit the Scriptures.

Stay consistent and faithful to the teaching of God’s Word. Doing so will create a Christ-centric culture in your churches and a Biblical worldview in your people. A Biblical worldview fosters a desire to vote in accordance with Biblical principles. 

Your preaching should address our current cultural dilemma here in America because the Bible addresses the moral failures of people and civilizations in the past and the repercussions for those who turn their back on God. Consistent preaching and teaching God’s truth creates disciples who represent God well. 

Additional steps to take with your congregation:

  • Prayer – start a prayer ministry (call a special prayer meeting or meetings).
  • Encourage voting (It’s our civic duty). 
  • Make available a register to the vote drive.
  • When evil legislation and bills are proposed, talk about it and provide opportunities for involvement (links to petition and write legislators).

Start one immediately if you and your church are not already earnestly praying or don’t have a prayer ministry. Pray, pray, pray! We need a revival in America. 

About the Author

Steve Lennertz
Lead Pastor, Eagle Ridge Church

Steve Lennertz is the founder and lead pastor of Eagle Ridge Church, established in 1994 in Menifee, California. Steve and his wife Kathryn are native Californians. They have three adult children and are especially blessed with nine grandchildren.

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