Could a pastor be involved in politics?
I’ve often wondered this question…help me think through it today.
Let me explain a little of where this discussion is coming from today.
I’ve been involved in the political process all my life. When I was in elementary school I started following politics any way I could. I watched presidential speeches, kept up with world, national and local politics, and couldn’t wait to vote. I worked on my first campaign when I was 16 years old and continued through my twenties to volunteer on campaigns. I spent a summer interning in Washington, DC for a congressman.
During my thirties I served as an elected official on our local city council and even served as the vice-mayor of our city. The love of politics has never left me, but my life has changed. I’ve been called into ministry. I mostly remain neutral on issues of politics these days. I still vote, but I’m a silent participant.
While I have no plans to run for anything and doubt that I ever would, the interest in political matters remains in my mind and sometimes I think about what it would be like to be in political office again. Just to be clear, I’m not asking for permission for me to do anything…I’m just seeking opinions and sharing my story as an example to spur discussion.
I seriously want your thoughts. (I previously discussed this subject in a more general way concerning Christians and politics…read that discussion HERE.)
- Would it be wrong for me to run for a political office some day?
- Should pastors stay out of politics?
- Should pastors be in politics more?
- What are the advantages? What are the disadvantages?
- Could politics be a part of a Christian’s “calling”?
Help me….I’m seriously curious! Plus I love a good discussion…even a politics or religion discussion!
Add your thoughts now!