President-elect Donald Trump has promised to rescind the Johnson Amendment in order to give church pastors more freedom to speak from the pulpit. The Johnson Amendment refers to a change in the U.S. tax code made in 1954, initiated by former President and Senator Lyndon Johnson, D-Texas, which prohibits certain tax-exempt organizations from endorsing and opposing political candidates.
Many pastors are reluctant to speak out on political issues for fear of losing their tax-exempt status. As a result, an elected official or political candidate’s position on abortion, same-sex marriage, or other acts of sexual immorality; i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles – which clearly go against God’s Word – are oftentimes not openly presented and discussed with the congregation. Let us pray that President Trump follows through on that promise. And let us also pray that pastors will have the courage to boldly speak out on these issues that are corrupting our young people, dividing families and destroying this nation.
Let the responsibility of “speaking out” about moral issues rest squarely on the shoulders of the clergy. And let the Trump administration work on protecting our borders, keeping America safe, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, rejuvenating and expanding our manufacturing capabilities here in the United States and fully utilizing all of our natural resources in a manner consistent with “what’s best for America.”