The rule of law says churches aren’t supposed to get involved in politics, but many preachers, especially those on the right, don’t seem to care.
“I believe the preservation of America depends on pastors,” said Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas. “This is no time for God’s men to be passive. It’s time to stand up and push back against all the evil in our country.
“Tell your people that they have a choice: to cast a vote for righteousness or vote for unrighteousness.”
Jeffress stressed that pastors should implore their churchgoers to vote for the candidate who adheres to “Biblical principles.” Normally, right wing Christian pastors would encourage people to vote for the most far right Christian candidate, but since Romney is not a Christian, evangelicals have replaced the word Christian with the term “Biblical principles.”
Jeffress then warned that staying silent on the upcoming election makes pastors no different from German Lutheran pastors who didn’t speak out against Hitler’s growing influence in the late 1930s. That lack of action by pastors led to the Holocaust, he said.
Even though Jeffress did not endorse Mitt Romney outright, he later said “people can connect the dots. It’s clear which candidate shares our views.”