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Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in the Anderson, SC area chided pastors for endorsing political candidates. Noble called on pastors to focus on preaching the Gospel since Jesus is the only hope of the world. Noble added that he values voting, is grateful for America, and will let his faith guide who he votes for, but he refused to let his choice of a candidate prevent him from praying for America’s leader.
Why this matters for church leaders:
Noble’s tweet was strongly worded: “Dear pastors, please SHUT UP about endorsing a political candidate!!! Preach the GOSPEL!! Jesus is the ONLY hope of the world.” While he added in a statement that he supports voting according to your religious convictions, Noble challenges leaders to walk a fine line during an election season:
What should pastors say publicly? While most pastors will vote according to their convictions, each pastor has to consider the impact of sharing personal political views with the public. Will a pastor’s ability to preach the Gospel be limited by an official endorsement? Does a church lose its tax exempt status by endorsing a candidate?
There is no perfect candidate: Four years ago many Christians wrestled with voting for a Mormon candidate for president. How important are issues compared to religious beliefs in a candidate? How do Christians evaluate the right candidate for president?
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