Politics and the Pulpit: What’s really legal?

Americans are blessed to have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” But democracy has one key requirement: our participation.

And probably the most basic democratic participation is voting. Yet it can also have the most profound impact. When you vote, you help determine who will lead our nation, make our laws, and protect our liberties.

It seems like every election cycle churches and pastors are threatened by organizations like the ACLU or Americans United for Separation of Church and State if they dare mention the word “vote.” The mass disinformation campaigns effectively serve to confuse and paralyze.

WHAT’S REALLY LEGAL?

So what can churches and pastors legally do and say when it comes to elections and politics? Yes, there are some limits to what can be said and done, but hands are not completely tied and mouths gagged. You may be surprised at how much influence you really can have.

As we approach Ohio’s primary election on March 4 and look forward to the November 4 general election when our nation will elect a new president, Citizens for Community Values wants to help clear the air. CCV will be partnering with one of the nation’s top legal organizations, the Alliance Defense Fund, to clarify these very issues for churches and pastors.

The short policy briefing and discussion entitled “Politics and the Pulpit” will cover the following topics:

  • A discussion of what the Bible teaches regarding involvement by Christians, Pastors, and Churches in politics.
  • A discussion of the current status of the law regarding political involvement by Christian, Pastors, and Churches.
  • A time of prayer petitioning God for guidance on the Church’s proper role in the political process.
  • A time of singing praise and giving thanks to God for the freedom we have in this country to participate in the political process.

DATES, TIMES, PLACES

Montgomery County, Dayton Area
DATE: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 – 7:00-8:00pm
Miami Township Branch
2718 Lyons Rd.
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
Phone: (937) 496-8944

Butler County, Greater Cincinnati
DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2008 – 7:00-8:00pm
The West Chester Branch
Middletown Public Library System
7900 Cox Road (Tylersville Road exit off I-75)
West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: (513) 777-3131

NOTE: We were forced to cancel 2 separate meetings in Franklin and Clermont Counties due to the venues refusing to allow our organizations to use their public facilities. If you had previously been notified about these meetings, we invite you to attend one of the others still on schedule.

Questions? Contact CCV offices in Cincinnati at (513) 733-5775 or in Columbus at (614) 920-1490. No RSVP necessary and no charge to attend. If you have further inquiries regarding election laws or candidates who will appear on your Ohio ballot, please visit OhioElectionCentral.com.