Do Politics Belong in the Pulpit?

Examining the tension between faith and voting.

This article is from Issue 55: Jan/Feb 2012

In late 2011, a Baptist pastor in Texas came under fire for comments about Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, called Mormonism a cult and suggested Christians should never vote for a political candidate who isn’t a Christian. Jeffress also personally endorsed Texas Governor Rick Perry for president in a video later posted on First Baptist Dallas’ website—with a disclaimer saying the video represented the views of Jeffress, not necessarily those of the church.