Monday, November 12, 2007

Leith Anderson's priorities

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is the largest organization of Evangelicals America with about 60 denominations, 45,000 churches and 30 million members. Dr. Leith Anderson is the president of the NEA and the senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota which has about 5,000 attendees each weekend. Leith Anderson could carry a lot of political clout.

Recently one of the presidential candidates wanted schedule a meeting with Dr. Anderson, undoubtedly to capitalize on this clout. According to a report in OneNewsNow, Anderson bypassed the opportunity to meet with the candidate because, Anderson said, "I had a wedding or a funeral, I can't remember which… Anyway, I don't pre-empt a wedding or a funeral for a presidential candidate. Because I'm a pastor."

I think pastors should boldly preach on the social issues of our day when the Bible addresses these issues but a pastor's primary job should be ministry, not politics. Leith Anderson seems to be one pastor who has his priorities right.

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