Local Church Politics
Every local church deals with political and social issues differently. Some are extensions of a political party and encourage their parishioners to behave likewise. Others feel that the realm of the state is entirely unholy and any engagement by the Church will only serve to corrupt the Body of Christ. Some have politicians give sermons from the pulpit during election season, others would make you think that they aren’t even aware that there is a government. These various approaches come out of differing traditions of civic engagement. Let us assume that we can endorse political involvement on a personal level. The question remains, however, how should a local church handle the issue of civic engagement from an institutional level?