(RNS) — In their final sermons before Election Day, some of the country’s most prominent Christian pastors urged their listeners on Sunday (Nov. 1) to vote, even as they defended the propriety of addressing politics from the pulpit.
“Some say we should hunker down in our churches and stay behind our pulpits and not engage these politics, but I wonder,” said the Rev. Jack Graham, pastor of the 45,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. “Why should we stay out of it?” he asked.
Preaching on a selection from the Bible’s Psalm 11, Graham cautioned those listening to his sermon that “the foundations are cracking,” and “freedoms are being taken away,” sometimes eliding the New Testament’s claims that Christ died to make his followers free with the freedoms promised in the U.S. Constitution.