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  •  Only fair (2+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, Ishmaelbychoice

    If churches wish to maintain tax free status then they should remain agnostic toward political activity.  If they wish to mobilize their minions, who by definition are easily lead, then they should put their money where their mouth is.

    •  Not sure it that's a typo or not (1+ / 0-)
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      Gordon20024
      If they wish to mobilize their minions, who by definition are easily lead
      but it works both ways!
    •  "easily led" by definition? <chuckle> (2+ / 0-)

      I've been involved in some epic disagreements within congregations, on topics ranging from whether to accept a particular donation to what translation of the Bible should be used.  I've been in congregation-vs-pastor difficulties, deacons-vs-pastor conflicts, trustees-vs-congregation conflcits...we're talking about conflicts that took months to resolve.

      Now, it's true that the most churches probably have some "easily led" folks, but I can tell you from personal experience that MANY believers have a strong independent streak.  That may be reflected in open conflict, as in the cases I mentioned above, or individuals simply deciding that "he doesn't know what he's talking about on that one."  Consider that a large majority of Catholic women surveyed have used birth control, despite the Church's specific doctrine against its use.

      I'm a Baptist, so I'll put it this way: there's a big difference between a Sunday morning service and a Wednesday night business meeting.  **grin**

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:26:22 AM PDT

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    •  i wish people were more easily led (1+ / 0-)
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      Villanova Rhodes

      then i would have enough volunteers to give rides to the disabled, visit folks in hospital and prison, care for the lonely elderly, and cook (and clean up after) our Wednesday night free dinner for the homeless and hungry

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 10:09:06 AM PDT

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