Pastors, use your voices

I am a born-again Christian who just happens to be an ultra-conservative member of the Republican Party. As of late, I have heard voices within evangelical circles suggesting that God may be using the platform of conservative talk radio to address controversial subjects that pastors, behind their pulpits, are remaining silent about.

The thing that boggles my mind is that while talk radio personalities are using controversy to boost their ratings, pastors are afraid that controversy will lower their weekly church attendance.

My fear is that if pastors get any more silent than they are, someone had better check their pulses; however, I would sharply rebuke anyone who would dare to suggest that men such as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck are the next Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Their personalities are overwhelmingly negative, sarcastic, disrespectful, arrogant and conceited.

Those are not the qualities that God is looking for.

I was very disappointed that Barack Obama became the 44th president. However, we here at the Jesus Party Pentecostal Kids' Church remain committed to praying for the leadership of our country. We even go so far as to display a life-size cutout of the president in our chapel so the children can have a tangible point of contact when they pray for him.

Certainly, prayer must remain bipartisan and is more effective than constant criticism.

We must instill respect for government and esteem in our leaders if we want to be good examples for our children.

The Rev. Douglas Taylor, Lewiston

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JONATHAN ALBRECHT's picture

church and state

First, church employees are free to discuss anything within their church without risking the church's tax-exempt status except they can not endorse a candidate for election and they can not run a political campaign out of the church.

Second, church employees should use their free speech rights to comment on social issues of the day just like anyone else and to try to mold the political environment.

Third, and we, their audience, are free to ignore everything they say. For surely anyone who believes in the supernatural, magic, and 6-foot tall bunny rabbits is not, by definition, in touch with reality.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

WOW!

Wow! Let's have coffee.

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There is so much wrong

There is so much wrong here....

  • Praying before an icon ...tsk, tsk
  • God is using talk radio but you assert that these are not people of "god" quality.
  • Your whole letter seems to assert that pastors should use their influence to mold our political structures. Not only does this fly in the face of the Constitution, but it threatens your tax exempt status.
  • There are other people in the world who try to push their religion into the political realm.... we're shooting at them right now and they're no more right than you.
DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

tax exempt status

Jesus said: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. I do not take a tax exempt number. Come to a Jesus Party some time. We meet every Friday at 6pm. We are located at 291 Bates St. It would be nice to see you again.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Gods voice

What we need to hear is the voice of God.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Wacko wrong

What's wrong with being right. You should try it you might like it. Being right is not wacko!

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Switching sides

Switch to the side of Jesus.

RONALD RIML's picture

A Clash of the Titans

Beck called Cameron the 'Anti-Christ; so Cameron called Beck a 'F*cking Azz-hole'

So who's the Lunatic here?

My money's not on Cameron.......

RONALD RIML's picture

Denny A. writes: "I listen to

Denny A. writes: "I listen to Rush, Beck and Hannity quite often, and I can honestly say that hear no hate."

- Neither did many Germans find it troubling when the Nazis treated the Jews as 'sub-humans,' Denny.  When one has a schema which readily accepts Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity's rancor, enmity, and divisiveness  as "Hate Free" - then it is apparent that the distorted mindset which you occupy is one in which hate is normal. 

You would no more recognize that as an abberation as would the three-legged man notice this third appendage in a village of tri-pods.

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Reverend Taylor...I am one

Reverend Taylor...I am one who normally thinks that you don't get enough credit for your attention to the needs of the downtown area and probably one of the few in the area that knows where you come from.  As a friend in the faith, however, I disagree with some of what you say here.  No, perhaps these commentators are not the gospel writers.  But don't make the mistake of implying that there wasn't some passion in those men.  James and John were nicknamed the Sons of Thunder for wanting to rain fire on Jesus' enemies, after all.  I am sure you are familiar with the passion of Jesus in Matthew 23.  Admittedly these commentators are not preaching religious values, they are preaching conservative values, most of which are grounded in western religious tradition, be it Judaism or Christianity (something argued deepy on these boards daily).  But I would dispute your claim that they do so to make a profit out of controversy.  Would you say the same about Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman, or Chris Matthews?  These are men of passion, not controvery.  But those with firm and unwaverable convictions are often said to be controversial, either right or left.  You of all people should know that, Doug.  You have organized many public displays over the years and have been accused in this forum as the same type of man that you accuse these commentators of being.  Are you a man of conviction or controversy?  I would submit conviction.  And the only difference I see in these men that you list and you is the size of the audience.  There is nothing wrong with a little righteous indignation.  And you're right...the churches need to do more of it.  Now I'll wait for the fallout from the "big three."  Good morning, guys.     

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Thank you

Thank you for your kind words. Im sorry we do not agree.

RONALD RIML's picture

ReaganRepublican writes:"Adm

ReaganRepublican writes:

"Admittedly these commentators are not preaching religious values, they are preaching conservative values, most of which are grounded in western religious tradition, be it Judaism or Christianity (something argued deepy on these boards daily)."

- Note that 'Religious' values do not necessarily equate to 'Moral' values.

Conservatives, for the most part, applaud one keeping their feet planted firmly in the past.

And we know how well that worked, when only the few could vote or own property.  It worked out very well for the few.  Perhaps that's why 10% of the population in the U.S. control 90% of the wealth today -  Link -and the Big Three Shit Stirrers Pastor Doug mentions keep the populace worked up about some illegal immigrants getting 'free' medical care.

Keeps their minds off of the real thieves.

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I did not say that their

I did not say that their religious values did not equate to moral values.  The point I am trying to make is that they do not profess to be religious leaders.  Perhaps I misread your response, but are you imply that there is no such thing as absolutes?  You mention "firmly planted in the past."  Do you think there is such a thing as timeless principles?  By the way, a much more gentlemanly disagreement...

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Effigy?

Effigy?

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Are you for real?

Human rights, sick, poor, speak out against hate. You just described my ministry. Let's pray together.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Thank you

See you soon at a Jesus Party.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Thank you

See you soon at a Jesus Party.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Thank you

See you soon at a Jesus Party.

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