Pastor, It's Your Responsibility to Preach From This Kingdom Mindset

(Photo by Michael D Beckwith on Unsplash)

Many pastors are reluctant to talk about politics in their churches because of the potential backlash from members. The fear of losing congregants or financial support is an underlying concern for many church leaders when addressing controversial political topics. There are also those who believe that legislative issues and governing policies have no place in church life.

Yet, if the church is to be salt and light to the world (Matt. 5:13), how are we to address the pressing issues around us if we are biblically illiterate concerning those issues? If we are to honor the governing authorities as commanded in Romans 13:1, how do we do so if we are unaware or uninformed of their responsibilities and actions?

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. (Mark 3:24-25)

Is it possible for the church to be a unified voice in the public square? Is it possible for believers to agree on the Word of God concerning critical legislative issues? Is it possible for pastors to empower their congregations without getting politically divisive?

Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

Being married to a pastor gives me a unique perspective on this issue. In our 25-plus years of pastoral ministry, we have wrestled with these same questions. Yet, we have learned to empower our congregation from a kingdom perspective and not a worldly one. Rather than addressing political differences, our goal is to provide a solid biblical foundation from which believers can build a proper understanding of godly government and kingdom practices.

Here are some of the core values we have gleaned through the years in talking about politics in the church:

  • As Christians, we can be governmental without being political (Isa. 9:7).

God created government to establish order, starting with the first family in Genesis (Gen 1:26-28). It is a biblical principle of stewardship and order (Prov. 8:14-16). Politics (not mentioned in Scripture) is man's activities within government and focuses more on party priorities, methodologies, and personal preferences. Government is mentioned throughout Scripture as God's way of managing and stewarding Kingdom values and principles.

  • Laws of the land determine the level of freedom believers have in sharing the gospel (1 Pet. 2:13-14).

We may have strong biblical convictions concerning our faith practices, but without laws supporting those beliefs and values, our Christian witness will be greatly hindered and limited. It is our elected officials who make those laws and it is our vote that determines who those officials are.

  • The church is accountable to the Lord for our collective witness (Mic. 5:15).

When believers take part in the election process, we are being faithful stewards and responsible citizens (Rom. 13:5-7). We can bring positive change to our nation by electing officials who are God-fearing and God-appointed (Rom. 13:1). If we don't, we have relinquished our God-given role to non-believers by default.

  • We equip believers with the principles of God's Word and a kingdom mindset (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Living out our faith in the public square is essential to our witness and demonstration of kingdom values. Addressing issues based on scriptural truths empowers believers in their walk and strengthens our testimony.

  • We vote according to biblical values more than political parties (John 18:37).

Our standard for truth, life and liberty is based on God's Word. We pray for all government leaders regardless of political party but vote for candidates who support and uphold biblical values. Sanctity of life and biblical marriage are two examples of the Christian faith that should be foundational in our vote. Platforms should also be tested through a scriptural lens since political parties come with the candidate.

Even though pastors cannot endorse specific candidates, they can preach the Word of God as it pertains to various issues. As believers are equipped to know kingdom values and practices, they can then rightly test each political candidate by the biblical blueprint. Preaching from a kingdom mindset empowers believers to live out their faith in this world and become positive change agents in the culture.

We are being tested as a church in this electoral process. Will we engage with the world we have been commissioned to reach or will we shrink back in fear? Can we declare the word of God with courage, demonstrating the same authority that Jesus had when he spoke of His Father's kingdom? Will we stand with our pastors and church leaders when they speak up for righteousness? Prayer is the starting point but should result in a unified voice from the church and a bold proclamation of the kingdom of God.

Wanda Alger is a field correspondent with Intercessors for America and ministers with her husband in Winchester, Virginia. Follow her blog at

Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

Dr. Steve Greene is now sharing stories, teachings, and conversations with guests who lead with love on Love Leads, a new podcast. Listen now.

Dr. Mark Rutland's

National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)

The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!

FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.

Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.

The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.

Charisma Leader — Serving and empowering church leaders