Letters: All about the pastor and the politician

Jeffress is not a hypocrite; rewrite editorial

As Baptists, it is normal that we have differences of opinion on various subjects, especially politics. But to call a pastor we disagree with a hypocritecall a pastor we disagree with a hypocrite is certainly over the line.

I know Robert Jeffress personally, and he is not a hypocrite. I would suggest you rewrite your editorial and focus only on why you disagree.

Bob Dean



A church can’t avoid politics

Thank you for what was an excellent, well-crafted and well-thought-out opinion piece about Dallas First Baptist Church pastor Robert Jeffress’ endorsement of Donald Trump for president.

When I saw and heard the endorsement on TV, I perceived his endorsement to be personal and that he was not speaking for First Baptist Church Dallas as a whole. I can, of course, accept that others perceived it differently.

My opinion is that pastors and congregations need to quit worrying about tax-exempt status and begin shouting the truth about the kind of lunacy that has occupied the White House and Congress over the past several years, a goofiness that is destroying our country. Be assured the Catholic Church won’t lose its tax-exempt status for political statements made by the pope, nor will African-American churches that have Democrat political candidates who speak from their pulpits lose their tax-exempt status. And I doubt that a Muslim mosque will lose tax-exempt status for being political. It seems that only evangelical churches are threatened with loss of tax-exempt status.

As for me, I applaud Dr. Jeffress and his willingness to endorse a candidate for president. I don’t mind telling people I’m for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or any candidate who tells the truth and then stands by it.

A church can’t avoid politics. Religious and secular politics played a major role in the crucifixion of Jesus.

C.C. Risenhoover



Demeaning the office of pastor

Regarding “The ‘downward death spiral’ of hypocrisy”: When I “mount the pulpit” each Sunday morning—to use that quaint old phrase from the past—I am not climbing upon a political stump.

To serve as the pastor of Christ’s church is to answer a high and holy calling. Holy—set apart—reserved for special and sacred use. For a pastor to demean his office by so ignoble an act as the mere promotion of a political candidate is like using the altar in the temple for a tailgate barbeque.

Glen A. Land

Lynchburg, Va.

bivo small church

Ray: Bivocational pastors accept "unique anointing of God"

If you are a bivocational pastor, you have accepted a unique anointing of God. Your talent to serve both in the church and beyond is unique.

Texas Baptists

Maciel: A passion to preach

God is doing a great work among African-American churches in the BGCT,  and God is using great pastors to share the passion of the cross.

Black Lives Matter

2nd Opinion: Grand-jury reform, Black Lives Matter and pro-life advocacy

Adherence to God’s demand for justice is a mark of discipleship. This includes rejecting both individual acts of injustice, such as favoritism or racist language, and systemic acts of injustice, such as bias in criminal justice, educational inequality or the financial exploitation of the poor.

butting heads

Guest editorial: Them and us?

This election year, we seem obsessed with us against them. We just can't agree on who "they" are or which "us" is us. From BNG.

Why do we care what unbelievers think?

Editorial: Why do we care what unbelievers think?

Caring what unbelievers think does not require Christians to deny our faith. To the contrary, it requires us to live out our faith, treating people like Jesus did.

Analysis: Can pastors endorse political candidates?

Analysis: Can pastors endorse political candidates?

To what degree are pastors and churches limited in political campaigns? Can pastors endorse political candidates?

March for Life

Analysis: Candidates’ abortion positions distort growing consensus

Public debates and political discourse on abortion lags behind the growing national consensus for increased restrictions on terminating pregnancies.


Maciel: Love—and pray for—one another

Show no greater love than to lay down your life in prayer for Texas Baptists from Feb. 1 through March 1.


Letters: God and Allah, Wheaton, politics and religion, carrots

Letters tackle the debate over God and Allah, politics and religion, and more.

good enough

2nd Opinion: For vision, good enough isn't enough

When it comes to mediocre, good-enough vision, what churches see is what they get.

Robert Jeffress

Editorial: The ‘downward death spiral’ of hypocrisy

Politics isn't worth the risk of ruining Jesus' reputation.

very afraid

Guest editorial: Addicted to fear

Sadly, Christians are among the leading addicts to fear. From BNG.

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