Winning God’s vote: boundaries for the candidate/clergy courtship in ’16

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Protecting our politics and our religion by setting some limits on the courtship between clergy and presidential candidates.

  • David Farmer

    Very thought provoking and on point. One thing as a potential follow up is some advice as to how congregants should respond when clergy breaches the boundaries. Thanks for writing this post!

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  • Fran

    God only “votes” or supports his son, Jesus, who is King of God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Isaiah 11:1-10). God has allowed man to rule over man for the ages, but the time left for that is short, since God’s kingdom will soon replace all of man’s governments (Daniel 2:44). As Isaiah brings out about, it will put an end to all wicked ones and rule with love, righteousness, justice and peace over the earth. All Christians should “vote” for that government instead of those of man.

  • Happy to see this ethic articulated. I have been uncomfortable whenever Christians of any stripe claim to represent God’s side as their side. I fear that is rather like taking the Lord’s name in vain. I tried my hand at using different language to enter into this sort of discussion – such as being “political but not partisan” in: https://moreenigma.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/political-but-not-partisan-pat-iii-where-we-go-wrong/
    I appreciate your post, thanks.

  • Deborah

    I thank you for your post. Hopefully it will prick the hearts of those who need to hear it.

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  • Very interesting advice since you apparently followed none of it for Barak. I wonder if you aren’t still being used by him for ignoble purposes.