Excuse me Reverend, have you really met Jesus?
Asking this question is inciteful because most preachers that stand in the pulpit presumptively have a working relationship with Christ! However, when it comes to politics many of them and their congregations are the furthest thing from the truth. Regardless of what political leaders endorse and have allowed to become law, Jesus’ Kingdom must always take precedence over politics!
Isaiah 9:6 says: “…the government shall be on His shoulders…” Earthly rule will be “on” and “in” His strength. In Psalm 98:9, the Psalmist prophesies that when Christ returns to the earth, “He will judge the earth, and the people with equity”! The bible speaks of a coming King coming to rule His Kingdom-already set up in the earth. The Kingdom is in every believer!
What that means is that as preachers and leaders, the assignment (even in the midst of all the political foolishness) never wavers concerning the preaching the Kingdom of Heaven! There is no substitute nor will there be anything made sufficient for not preaching the Kingdom. Sadly the church finds itself in a juxtaposition where candidates’ contributions to churches (Pastors) are as clandestine as their political motivation, and the house of prayer is once again made a den of thieves.
Remember David Alameel? You probably don’t (and for good reason)! In Fort Worth and Dallas, accusations persist of Pastors sacrificing their reputations as they became purchased pigeons carrying the message of his political mania! Amidst the contrived confusion, church members under the Pastorate of S.C. Nash, B.R. Daniels,Sr. and Bruce D. Datcher, found themselves profoundly perplexed at how Alameel (owner of Jefferson Dental Clinic,catering largely to hispanics) made such an impression on these black, urban Pastors without making any past/future plans(with raw audacity) to build in their church’s neighborhoods. In addition to the paid endorsements, Alameel sought out churches to hire campaign workers to go door to door. Of course, portion of any money spent building a clinic was capitulated in favor of the Pastoral proceeds.
A 501(c)(3) organization is prohibited from endorsing, contributing to, working for, or otherwise supporting (or opposing) a candidate for public office.-IRS
It’s hard to hear! Can you please silence your tax free status?
Legally, a church can’t endorse a candidate under 501(c)(3) guidelines so it’s baffling to see these men of reputation endanger their church’s 501(c)(3) status for even a candidate that stood zero chance of garnering even 25% of the vote. Of course, this kind of chicanery from these Pastors certainly produced a way to “process” the Alameel proceeds in way the IRS should soon be investigating.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:24