Should the church be connected to what is happening in society? Should the church have a voice? Or, should the church simply gather together, go through our programs and services week after week and keep a blind eye to the things happening in our country, around the world and even in our own community? This is a question that is rising in the United States today. There is a growing divide in the USA over the Church mentioning current events, updating congregations on the current state of issues and the tension is very strong indeed. Rebekah Simon-Peter recently wrote in the Ministry Matters Magazine “The Bible is intensely political. Every prophet is risking their skin by talking truth to power. Every king weighs obedience to God against other concerns. Every temple, shrine and altar have political ramifications. The same with every war, skirmish and battle. Even the Sermon on the Mount is political. Love your enemies? Do good to those who hate you? Who do you think Jesus is talking about? Religion and politics have always been deeply intertwined. Jesus’ own life is an example of that. This co-mingling didn’t end with the biblical era. The church, at its best, and its worst, has always been political. We’re at our worst when we imagine Christ is aligned with one political party or another. Or when we cut deals. Or when we trade faith for power. We’re at our best, however, when like Martin Luther King Jr, we strive for the soul of the whole nation.” The Word of God and the Presence of the Lord in our lives impacts our behaviors in this world and as a result our behavior impacts this world and its political spheres. I suspect what many people mean by saying “keep politics out of church” is to “exclude from the life of our faith-based community the arguments or pulpit affirmations concerning partisan political positions.” This is something that by law no church should do. Yes, there are leaders and laity across the USA alike today who want to limit Christianity to a religion of private spaces and interpersonal relationships among their own as well as others that are on the opposite extreme side of the paradigm making everything slanted by politics. They maintain Christianity should stay out of public issues and keep politics out of the church, except when a public issue (one that directly impacts their circle of personal interests) invades their private space. But limiting Christianity to private and interpersonal spaces means that churches internal “politics” will continue to be conducted, as author Keith Bridston said, dishonestly.” This would also mean that the Gospels must be read, in our church gatherings, so selectively that the reader would have no clue why Jesus was born, why he died, or what His life meant or could possibly mean today.