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Churches, politics & IRS I

| Monday, March 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the news story “Pastors increasingly pushing politics, despite IRS regulations” (March 11 and TribLIVE.com): Churches preaching to their congregations are biased in too many cases. They seem to forget God's laws on life mean saving all life.

Unfortunately, some seem to preach that only saving babies is “pro-life,” and to vote for Republican candidates. Pro-life is being against the death penalty, war and abortion, and supporting human rights, the working poor and providing health care.

Many churches have clearly stated that as long as you and the candidates support one part of the pro-life doctrine, it is not a sin to vote for them. It makes me shudder to think that a man of God who teaches is judging our president to be like Hitler and Stalin without any evidence and leading people to believe this. Maybe they should be reading the Bible verses on passing judgment.

I have come to believe that when Jesus comes back, he is not going to be impressed with our big, beautiful churches and the ugliness, lies and lack of help for the disadvantaged in the community that seep from so many preachers and churches. I think that while you are showing God your beautiful church, he will be noticing that family whose husband is hospitalized, whose home has broken windows and no heat, and whose child is in need of food, or the elderly person who can't afford his medications.

Carol Badgley

Bovard

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