Midwest City Christian
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
11950 East Reno Midwest City, OK 73130
A Word from Mike…
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one indissoluble bone the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”
– John Quincy Adams
“Hey preacher, what did you think of that election debate last night?” Such a question is a staple in land of making small talk. Sometimes church folks or others in the community want to know which candidate a
clergy supports and why. I kindly shy away from the conversation. For clergy to endorse a candidate is not lawful under the guidelines of a church’s 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS:
According to the IRS, “In 1954, Congress saw the need to separate charities and churches from politics. An amendment was offered on the floor of the Senate by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson.
The Johnson amendment is found within the well-known section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In its present form, the law states that charities, including churches, are not allowed to “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”
I am blessed to be employed by a congregation of people from different political parties. I would like to keep that employment! I do have a confession, however, I am a member of the frustrated party. I agree and disagree with issues and agendas of multiple parties. I have both liked and disliked people from multiple parties. While I would like to say John Quincy Adams words, which I found in Christianity Today, are spot on…I am afraid that the reality is that they are a spot off.
We tout ourselves to be a Christian nation, but there are many differences among groups of Christians about what “principles of Christianity” even represents. So out of the options I have, I choose to celebrate July 4th, thankful for our nation and thankful for those that are willing to serve and work within the
government. I choose to pray for GOD’S WILL to prevail in our nation and not the will of our human nature.
Thanks for sharing the journey,
It’s July! I hope that everyone had a happy Independence Day weekend and that those who are traveling are doing so safely.
As we are just now easing into this new month together and our Chi Rho and CYF have just recently returned from camp and other summertime adventures, this will be a pretty short note from me.
Our youth will get together for our regularly scheduled Wednesday night gathering on July 6. We are still in need of some volunteers to help provide dinners for our youth. If you are willing/able to bless our ministry in this way, please let the office know. On behalf of our youth, THANK YOU!
Grace and Peace