Feb
2
2016

Jerry Falwell Jr. & Donald Trump

One of the biggest political stories in Ministry Briefing this week:

Comparing the act to his father’s endorsement of Ronald Reagan, Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he was formally endorsing Donald Trump for President, even going as far as saying that Trump represents Jesus and that Trump would be a strong president. Falwell was immediately questioned for other evangelical leaders, especially since Trump had shared in an interview that he has never had to ask God for forgiveness. Liberty University does not endorse candidates as an institution.

Source: CNN

Why does this matter for church leaders?

There is a lot to unpack here, while I won’t comment on the politics of the situation or endorse a candidate, I’d like to highlight the last sentence: Liberty University does not endorse candidates as an institution. Last week social media seemed to blow up with comments about Liberty’s endorsement of Trump, from facepalms to eye rolling to outright cheering, the reaction ran the gamut. The problem with this is that Liberty did not endorse Trump… Jerry Falwell Jr. did. Jerry Falwell Jr. is the school’s chancellor.

While the school was quick to point out that it did not endorse Donald Trump… the damage was done. This is a reminder to each of us that when we are in a leadership position at an organization, we speak for that organization… whether we do in an official capacity or not. In other words, while we may say that our comments and opinions are are own… it is never quite that simple.

How do YOU draw the line between opinions and church policy?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.