Endorsements by Clergy Are Meaningless (And Evil)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum touted an 11th-hour endorsement from conservative Christian leaders on Sunday ahead of South Carolina’s crucial nominating contest but it appeared to have little influence on churchgoers. With South Carolina’s January 21 primary approaching, time is running short for Santorum and other Republican candidates who hope to slow front-runner Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum said Saturday’s endorsement by evangelical leaders proved that he is a better choice to take on Democratic President Barack Obama. “They know I’m the consistent conservative,” Santorum said on “Fox News Sunday.” “They saw me as someone who has the best chance of winning.”

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“I make decisions for myself and I don’t listen to what a bunch of leaders say to do,” said Victoria Jaworowski, who was attending the Cathedral of Praise mega-church in North Charleston. The Christian leaders meeting in Texas only endorsed Santorum narrowly in a vote that went to the third ballot. It is not clear how they will help the former Pennsylvania senator in terms of money or staff to help him campaign.

As I’ve said before, Pastors have no business at all endorsing politicians or lending their support to political systems. Their task is to stand as a prophetic voice outside of political structures, demanding righteousness and justice of officials. Hooking up with politicians is the last thing they should do. And the worst thing they can do.  At least the folk in the pews understand that.  It’s too bad Pastors don’t.  But I suppose they like the stench of power and imagine themselves to be ‘important’ if they are near it.

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I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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