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Mixing Church and Politics: Mastriano’s Support in Pittsburgh Area Churches
Church and politics can be a powerful and volatile combination. See some of Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s campaign comments this week inside churches in the Pittsburgh area, as recorded by Pittsburgh Action News 4. Watch the report in the video player above. Red wave of Jesus! ‘ said local Reverend Bruce Shaffer as crowds cheered at Grace Life Church on McKnight Road. His words blended the image of Christ’s blood, sacred to Christians, with the political metaphor of the great electoral turnout of Republican voters. filled the interior of the Grace Life Church.event; not the face of Jesus, but that of Mastriano, whom the pastor repeatedly hailed as “our next governor.” Mastriano himself posed a problem to the congregation: the cost of political support for the Church. So you don’t want to step in and influence the government for a few bucks?” Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke to Philip Hackney, an associate law professor at the University of Pittsburgh. I was. He is an expert on the topic and oversaw the tax-exempt division in the IRS’s national office. He cannot vote for or against candidates for public office. If they do, they may lose their tax-exempt status from that point on,” Hackney said. Participating directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate is absolutely prohibited. “We also consulted local and national religious experts.” From my standpoint as a theology educator, the role of the American church has always been to: was to advocate The Reverend Asa Lee, president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4: a particular political party. But despite political parties, our job is to name the issue,” Lee said. , told how he invited political opponents. We were not in a position to endorse either candidate. If you have one candidate, you have them all,” Lee said. I see no advantage to the church endorsing a political candidate.”I can only think of a disadvantage from the church’s point of view. “It’s a very divisive act,” she said. It distracts you from your core mission of carrying out the gospel in the world around you, I got
Church and politics can be a powerful and volatile combination.
Watch the report in the video player above.
“Get ready for a great red wave of ‘Jesus’ blood!'” local pastor Bruce Shaffer said as the crowd cheered at Grace Life Church on McKnight Road. His words mixed the imagery of the blood of Christ, which is sacred to Christians, with the political metaphor of the large electoral turnout of Republican voters.
Another image and name was projected, filling the front of the sanctuary within Grace Life Church from floor to ceiling for the event. Not the face of Jesus, but that of Mastriano, whom the pastor repeatedly praised as “our next governor.”
“We are now a red city, and we have a wonderful man of God as governor,” Schaefer shouted to the cheering crowd, prompting Mastriano to rise and speak.
Mastriano himself raised this issue to the congregation. That is the cost of political support for the church.
“I don’t know why we stand aside. Is it because of fear or threat of losing duty free that we stand aside? So for a few bucks, you step in. Don’t you want to influence the government by doing so?” Mastriano asked the audience.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with Philip Hackney, associate law professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an expert on the topic and oversaw the tax-exempt division in the IRS’s national office.
“They can’t vote for or against candidates for public office, and if they do, they can lose their tax exempt status from that point on,” Hackney said.
The IRS Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations states that both are “absolutely prohibited from participating directly or indirectly in political campaigns on behalf of any candidate.”
Regarding the enforcement of these rules, Hucky said:
We also consulted local and national religious experts.
“From my standpoint as a theological educator, the role of the American church has always been to advocate for issues related to our particular core values,” says Asa, president of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. • Reverend Lee spoke to Pittsburgh’s actions. News 4.
“Sometimes that may mean that our particular positions on these issues and issues align with particular political parties. It’s about putting it on,” Lee said.
He recounted how, when he was a pastor, he invited political opponents when candidates asked him to speak at his church.
“So we weren’t in a position to endorse any particular candidate. If we had one candidate, we could have all of them,” Lee said. “If only one person will attend, have everyone attend, or at least create invitations.”
Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Joint Baptist Committee for Religious Freedom, sees no benefit to the church endorsing political candidates.
“I can only think of the downsides from the church’s perspective. For one thing, taking a stand in an aggressive political campaign for or against a particular presidential candidate is a very divisive act.” she said.
“The main concern is what that political activity can bring to your congregation and how it distracts you from your core mission of carrying out the gospel in the world around you. It’s about the wider community.”