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Disowning Conservative Politics Is Costly for Pastor:

Sermons like Mr. Boyd’s are hardly typical in today’s evangelical churches. But the upheaval at Woodland Hills is an example of the internal debates now going on in some evangelical colleges, magazines and churches. A common concern is that the Christian message is being compromised by the tendency to tie evangelical Christianity to the Republican Party and American nationalism, especially through the war in Iraq.

Interesting, even for the usually conservatively-slanted results on AOL online polls:

What do you think of Rev. Boyd’s views on politics and the church?

I agree with them 54%

I disagree with them 37%

I’m not sure 9%

Total Votes: 18,151

Comments

  1. #1 Gerry L
    July 30, 2006

    Some of the comments by the folks who objected to the pastor’s position are telling (and chilling):

    ‘You’re not doing what the church is supposed to be doing, which is supporting the Republican way,’

    “So why NOT us? If we contain the wisdom and grace and love and creativity of Jesus, why shouldn’t we be the ones involved in politics and setting laws?”

  2. #2 Brandon
    July 30, 2006

    Interesting; Boyd’s very well known, and very popular, in Evangelical circles for other theological views. For those who are interested, I notice that the Woodland Hills Church website has an archive of the sermons mentioned by the article:

    http://www.whchurch.org/content/page_682.htm

    Each one has a study guide summarizing the basic points, so it’s not necessary to sit through 240 minutes of sermons in order to get a better sense of what the (rather absurd) reactions were directed at.

  3. #3 nbm
    July 30, 2006

    AOL poll now up to about 150000 “voters”; 55% in favor of Rev. Boyd (= separation of church and state). A recommended diary at Daily Kos is discussing the matter: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/7/29/165229/846

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