FACT Report: April 17, 2013

Liberal Preachers Get It (April 17, 2013)

Last week 15 theologically liberal preachers delivered a letter signed by one hundred preachers to Tennessee’s legislators, urging them to expand Medicaid as the “moral and faithful thing to do.”

Even if one disagrees with them theologically on the issue, they do seem to “get” something that conservative preachers often don’t.

First, they get that what happens in state government is important and that it is the role of the Church to speak to power.

Second, and related to the first, is that to influence state government, you have to show up.

Third, they have an organization that allows them to know what is going on and to mobilize quickly to speak to an issue.

Civil government’s power comes from God.  And when it comes to speaking to the use of that power, conservative preachers might learn something from their liberal counterparts.

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Read more about this issue in David Fowler’s recent commentary, Liberal Preachers Get Government. Do Conservative Preachers?

The Tennessean: Clergy carrying symbolic loaves and fishes urge Medicaid expansion in TN