The Pew Research Center has conducted a study finding that 64% of church goers heard political issues being preached from the pulpit. Those “political issues” included abortion, homosexuality, religious liberty, the environment, and economic inequality.
Now those are mostly moral–not political–issues. Churches have always taught about sexual morality and respect for human life. They have also addressed issues of social morality. That is not being political. The Pew study found that only 14% heard political candidates being promoted or criticized.
What’s interesting here is that the researchers consider moral beliefs to be nothing more than political positions. To be sure, government dictates about morality gives them a political dimension they normally would not have. This is especially true when the government requirements run counter to the church’s traditional moral teachings. Of course the church must push back against that.
But the problem isn’t churches meddling into politics. It is the government meddling into morality.