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Serving as pastor of a local church in the United States of America has given me a unique perspective on the world, perhaps provoking more questions than answers. One question which is of timely importance during this presidential election season is, What is the role of pastors when it comes to discussing politics? What is legally permissible for them to say publicly and what is practically wise?

Legal guidelines are fairly clear: pastors/ministers/clergymen, like the staff of other 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, are not allowed in the exercise of their official roles to publicly endorse candidates for public office. However, such individuals cannot be legally prevented from sharing their opinions, even publicly, as individuals distinct from the organizations they serve. High-profile pastor and author Max Lucado, for instance, has been very public in his opposition to the nomination of Donald Trump for president and has incurred no legal liabilities for himself, his church, or his w…

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