Churches tread lightly on politics in 2012 election

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(RNS) With Election 2012 less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. So they're revamping how congregations mobilize voters, largely avoiding the political fray, and hot-button social issues are relegated to simmer in low-profile church study groups. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.

  • sistersunderthetrees

    If your faith is to guide you in all that you do, does that not include voting and politics? Do we set aside our morals and guidance from God in the name of secularism? Can we/do we have our faith guide us, but not “loudly” in order to not impact the choices and freedom of belief of others?
    As a graduate of both political theory/international relations and seminary, and having worked in government, non-profit, corporate and the church, I have always found myself on a fragile line. While I cannot divide my religious and political convictions, it is interesting to watch increased polarization in both areas while we also want to keep them separate. We live in an interesting time!