Political issues and the pulpit as a filter

A couple months ago I wrote a short article for the 9Marks website about how to help pastors categorize the issues they face in the ministry. It was called “4 Ways to Categorize Complaints in the Church“. It’s a personal filter I’ve used for years and it really helps me weed out the grumbling that doesn’t warrant a response.

It’s also helps me to filter out what needs to be included in a sermon and what doesn’t. Most of the time what doesn’t make it into the sermon would be issues that we might call political. They are policies, usually economic, that I believe are right, but don’t have any moral ground that can be supported by Scripture.

In the short video below, Russell Moore provides a refreshingly balanced commentary on how pastors should use their pulpits.



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