Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Is your church rent-a-pulpit for favored political candidates?
Look closely at Richard Lee's pulpit, the one he preaches from at First Redeemer Church in the Atlanta area, an SBC mid-megachurch.
What's that? Rick Santorum's political placard prominently positioned on the pulpit?
I believe it is.
I like Rick Santorum, doubt he will get my vote in the Georgia primary, but it shocks me that a prominent pastor would take his pulpit and put political signage on it. It's not a church/state issue it's the idea that the place where God's word is proclaimed is temporarily rented out for political purposes.
In a previous church of mine there was a deacon who, when his turn rolled around to pray in worship would unfailingly include a prayer for his pastor as "he stands behind the sacred desk." I though the phraseology was quaint, clearly antiquated, but I appreciated the concept.
No politician would ever plop a political sign on any pulpit for which I have responsibility.
Can't quite say that I understand the thinking on this by my north Georgia colleague.