In social media and other forums we have recently observed numerous commentaries from Bishops, Priests, and Protestant Ministers alike, advocating for all ministerial leaders to abstain from delivering messages regarding America or our elected officials. While the Johnson Amendment of 1954 prohibits churches and other not for profit organizations who enjoy a tax exempt status from actively endorsing political candidates there is no legal prohibition enjoining ministers from such activities when they do not represent a religious organization that is tax exempt. However apparently some ministers feel that regardless of the legal ramifications we should not “preach” on matters of the world, but rather focus exclusively in our ministrations on topics of spirituality. Ironically some of these same ministers who would never discuss political concerns also never recluse themselves from discussing ideology and or identity politics.
In our context as shepherds or even stewards, we certainly should Continue reading