Election Day Communion vs. Pulpit Freedom Sunday

Don’t know anything about Election day Communion, but the article is interesting. 

A few weeks ago, I started getting spam from Jim Garlow, the pastor of the Skyline megachurch in Lemon Grove, Calif., about the Pulpit Freedom Sunday initiative that he has been spearheading with Glenn Beck. This Sunday, about 1,500 pastors across the country heeded Garlow’s call to preach about the presidential campaign in defiance of the IRS prohibition on public political endorsements for 501-C3 tax-deductible organizations.

Around the same time that Garlow started spamming me, I accidentally stumbled across a different initiative started by two Mennonite pastors and an Episcopal layperson, who didn’t have nearly the resources of Garlow, called Election Day Communion, which has the modest goal of getting 100 churches in all 50 states to celebrate communion on Election Day in order to remember our unity as Christians in a season that has tried to redefine us according to our partisan affiliations. These two contrasting movements capture two radically different visions for how to be the church in a contentious political season.

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3 comments on “Election Day Communion vs. Pulpit Freedom Sunday

  1. Folks, i hope you’ll follow the link provided and read the rest of the above article. The author makes some excellent points. Its so very important “how” we as Christians present ourselves before a lost and dying world.

    I finally checked out the website Election Day Communion. You can agree or disagree with what they are proposing, but you cannot deny what they have said at the website is true.

    On November 6, 2012, Election Day, we will exercise our right to choose.

    Some of us will choose to vote for Barack Obama.
    Some of us will choose to vote for Mitt Romney.
    Some of us will choose to vote for another candidate.
    Some of us will choose not to vote.

    During the day of November 6, 2012, we will make different choices for different reasons, hoping for different results.

    But that evening while our nation turns its attention to the outcome of the presidential election, let’s again choose differently. But this time, let’s do it together.
    Let’s meet at the same table,with the same host, to remember the same things.

    We’ll remember that real power in this world — the power to save, to transform, to change — ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus.

    We’ll remember that, through the Holy Spirit, this power dwells within otherwise ordinary people who as one body continue the mission of Jesus: preaching good news to the poor, freeing the captives, giving sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:16-21).

    We’ll remember that freedom — true freedom — is given by God and is indeed not free. It comes with a cost and it looks like a cross.

    We’ll remember our sin and our need to repent.

    We’ll remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the Church, a holy nation that crosses all human-made boundaries and borders.

    We’ll remember that our passions are best placed within the passion of Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

    We’ll remember that we do not conform to the patterns of this world, but we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

    We’ll remember that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness.

    And we’ll re-member the body of Christ as the body of Christ, confessing the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from one another and from God.

    • I really like the idea, using the day to celebrate the Unity of Christ’s Kingdom around the elements that show our unity with Christ Himself!’

      It’s a good sign in light of churches that have abandoned Christ for Glenn Beck and the American flag.

  2. […] PJ Miller points us to an article about Election Day Communion. Not a bad idea. […]

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