Generally, I avoid politics. That’s not to say I avoid voting or my civic duty. In fact, since I turned eighteen about a hundred years ago, I have always voted (though not always for a candidate you might expect).
As a pastor, and the leader of a church with Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and probably an anarchist or two, I’m careful not to take sides. And for those wondering, I’m not making a political endorsement now either.
However . . .
Does truth matter?
Is it okay that we live in a “post-truth political world”? No. Not at all.
Truth and trust always matter. And for the record, it seems that candidates from both major parties seem to have a problem with telling the truth.
What? Politicians lie?!
Uh . . . yeah.
And so do preachers from time to time.
But no one wants a lying wolf for a pastor. No one sane.
Because they are leaders in the Church, we hold pastors and priests to a pretty high standard, and we should.
Most of us would never tolerate a pastor who . . .
Is a liar
Is rude and crude
Is mean and divisive
Is image rich but character poor
Is focused on himself and his needs (a narcissist)
Most of us would fire a pastor who . . .
Acts like a bully
Swears on a regular basis from the pulpit
Shifts his theology to suit the crowd
Has a weak moral compass
We expect a certain level of moral character from our spiritual leaders, and rightfully so. But perhaps we should hold politicians to a higher standard since they lead everybody.
Some will say, “We aren’t electing a pastor-and-chief!” and I would agree. But our commander-and-chief has more influence and power than any pastor on the planet.
Maybe his or her character matters too?
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