Can Christian Organizations Speak Regarding Political Issues? – Yes!

By Don Veinot (adapted by Doug Nichols)

Even though all of us in ministry need to be careful in vindictiveness and hateful speech, all Christians have an obligation to speak the truth, especially  in the midst of such glaring wickedness, deceitfulness, falsehoods, and governmental chaos.  The following is a paragraph from an article in Midwest Christian Outreach Journal regarding speaking out on political issues:

“Thankfully we still live in a free country.  Anyone can use their vote to make their choice for or against anyone else.  However, all of these factors—or, perhaps, one could blame the choices that were offered—certainly did not help the conservative cause during the election.  For our part, we generally accept that in most elections of our lifetimes, we are simply voting for whomever we consider the lesser of two evils.  All of this is interesting to us, but Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. (MCOI) is not a political activist organization.  We hold to the truth of Scripture that God, Himself, establishes governmental leadership and places men in positions of authority over us (Romans 13:1).  And, in any case, we are absolutely certain no government or politician will save us; but God certainly may use one to bless or punish a nation.  Sometimes, He puts His servant in charge; and other times, He gives rebellious people the leader of their choice and allows them to suffer the consequences of that selection.  As long as MCOI does not advocate for a candidate or party, we are legally free to comment from a religious perspective on issues of ethics and morality.  The online article “The IRS, Churches, & Politics” is helpful in clarifying this point.

‘Next, the standards for political impartiality, and strictures on what churches and other non-profit organizations can say or do in the political arena, are far narrower than many people suppose.  Roughly, the basic rule is: an organization may freely endorse any stand on an issue.  What it may not do (whether explicitly or by clear implication) is endorse, or contribute money to support or oppose, a particular candidate or party by name.’”