Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Christians Should Not Be Political Pacifists, Says Megachurch Pastor

From christianpost.com

Christians and church leaders should not be passive when it comes to politics or social issues, said author and pastor Robert Jeffress during an interview on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk on Monday.

Jeffress, who is the senior pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, said he disagrees with the old adage that says people should not mix politics with religion. He believes that God has called Christians to be an influence on society and that means engaging in political conversation about what is correct or wrong as taught in the Bible.

"I'm a teacher and a preacher of the Word of God, but I think when the Word of God touches and intersects with culture we shouldn't shrink away from it," Jeffress told Dobson and his co-hosts of the Christian radio show also available online.

"I believe God has called us to be influencers of our culture," he continued. "I am just so amazed at the number of Christians and even pastors who say well, 'you shouldn't mix politics with religion.' To which I say, 'what should you mix it with then?'"…

"When anyone says that Christians shouldn't get involved in politics or policy I have to ask them the questions, 'Do you think that God cares about millions of babies being murdered every year in the world? Do you think that God cares about the rampant immorality that's engulfing our country? Do you think God cares that His name is being outlawed from mention in the public square?'

"The God I know hasn't changed. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. If you believe God cares about those things then you've just answered the question [as to] why Christians need to get involved in policy," the Texas pastor said.

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