Politics is no place to attack someone’s relationship with God

March 2, 2012 in Featured Question of the Week, Question of the Week, What is the role of clergy during presidential campaigns? by David Hall

In a recent interview, Rev. Franklin Graham questioned the Christian credentials of President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He apologized Tuesday for questioning President Obama’s faith. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, members of the NAACP’s religious roundtable called on Graham and all Christian leaders to “refrain from using Christianity as a weapon of political division.” As we approach Super Tuesday, what do you make of this controversy? Who, if anyone, can define our faith for us? Politicians have always used faith as a weapon of political division, but should clergy be held to a higher standard? What is the role of clergy during presidential campaigns?

Faith is about one’s belief in God. This belief is transcendent, humbling and essential to victorious living. The empirical reality of one’s faith is how one over comes the vicissitudes of life. A political contest is not a place for such a personal attack on something that measures a relationship with God.