Monday, January 14, 2008
Two candidates for President have closely mixed their religion and politics: Barak Obama and Mike Huckabee. Throughout the campaign, multiple news stories have reported that Obama and Huckabee have been behind pulpits in churches as part of their campaign. (See Obama's pulpit hopping here, and here, and Huckabee's here, here, and in DTS's backyard here)
My question: Is it appropriate for this to occur? I have two selections for you to consider: the story of King Uzziah, who went to perform the tasks of the temple and was told this was only for the ordained: (2 Chron 26:18-19). Also, a Protestant Confession, The Westminster Confession, includes this section : "Civil magistrates may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word and sacraments."
Is it wrong for churches to allow politicians to use their pulpits? Let me know if I am misreading this...