In case you are not up to speed with this initiative, here’s a brief summary. Pulpit Freedom Sunday was started in 2008 by Alliance Defending Freedom with an aim of challenging the unconstitutional Johnson Amendment that has been inserted into the IRS code. This amendment was passed in an attempt to silence pastors from speaking out on issues deemed political. The IRS and opponents of free speech have since used this initiative to intimidate pastors into silence on critical issues. Pulpit Freedom Sunday is ADF’s attempt to end this unconstitutional amendment by having it challenged all the way to the Supreme Court.
Now, here is what Pulpit Freedom Sunday is not. It is NOT a time to get up and badly about politicians. Plenty of pundits and other sources do that, America doesn’t need pastor’s doing the same. Besides, it’s not biblical slander or speak ill or those in authority; or anyone for that matter. It is NOT a time to preach a “political” sermon. The pulpit is not a place to wax eloquent with your thoughts on taxes, gun rights, or foreign policy.
What Pulpit Freedom Sunday is, is a time to preach a sermon on a biblical, moral issue like marriage. Yes, marriage has been politicized, but that does not change the fact that it is a biblical moral issue and should be taught from Scripture in its fullness. While groups like FFRF and AU try and remove the voices of pastor’s from the discussion surrounding biblical moral issues like marriage and life, the truth is that we need those voices speaking loud and clear. My encouragement to every pastor is to take a Sunday in June or July and be part of this movement to stand for the biblical principles our nation was founded upon. America, now more than ever, needs men of God that are more concerned with what God thinks than what man or the government thinks. If we don’t speak now, we can’t complain when our right to speak is taken away. Click here to learn more.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.