Saturday, May 07, 2005

This is Sad- Dems Voted Out of Church Weigh Options - Yahoo! News

Dems Voted Out of Church Weigh Options - Yahoo! News

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - A pastor who led a charge to kick out nine church members who refused to support President Bush was the talk of the town Saturday in this mountain hamlet, with ousted congregants considering hiring a lawyer.

Pastor Chan Chandler greeted people at the door of tiny East Waynesville Baptist Church on Saturday evening as the church choir practiced and even welcomed them to attend services Sunday morning — if there's room inside. But he was not prepared to talk about his mixing of religion and politics.

"On the advice of counsel, I've been advised not to have any comment at this time," Chandler told The Associated Press. "We will have a statement later."

Members of the congregation said Chandler told them during last year's presidential campaign that anyone who planned to vote for Democratic nominee John Kerry needed to leave the church.

It is pretty sad in the day and age when politics determine the way a church function. As a Christian, when I hear issues or news such as this, I am puzzled and upset. Why? Not that voting for John Kerry was wrong but what if it was? Is the solution to political difference in the church a reason to kick someone out? We can also ask the ultimate question, "what would Jesus do?"

I will continue to fight the stereotype that all Christians need to be Republicans or else they aren't Christian. Personally, I think that that feeling by many is boaderline anti-Christ because it causes seperation in the Church and in the Kingdom for those who beleive otherwise.

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