I am in Hawaii for the next 11 days. Each are devoted to reading, learning, & communicating how We Will Win Our Great Country Back, "one Christian @ a time". An excellent book to read is "Our First Liberty On Trial" -- Wayne Gruden. Here are some excerpts from chapter 2:
Yet I want to emphatize this: The mere fact that something is "controversial" does not excuse pastors from the responsibility to preach about it and (sometimes) the responsibility of a church to take a stand on it. The apostle Paul did not think it enough to preach on only "some" of the teaching of God's Word. He didn't think it enough to preach on the easy topics and avoid the controversial topics. Rather, he thought he was accountable before God "to preach on everything that the Bible teaches". When Paul met with the elders of the church in Ephesus and summarized his three year ministry among them, he said "I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God" Acts 20:26-27.
I believe that every Christian citizen who lives in a democracy has at the very least a minimal obligation to be well-informed and to vote for candidates and policies that are most consistent with biblical principles. The opportunity to help select the kind of government we will have is a "stewardship" that God entrusts to citizens in a democracy, a stewardship that we should not neglect or fail to appreciate. That at least means that Christians are responsible to learn enough about the important issues to vote intelligently.
(Churches and the IRS) Pastors in the United States can easily teach on the moral issues that are at stake in any election without naming any specific candididate or even naming any political party, but simply saying that "Party A (or Candidate A) holds this view," and "Party B" (or Candidate B) holds this view" and leaving it to the congregation to discover which party holds which view.
If We Do the Possible, God Will Do the Impossible.