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Conservative Christians, Small Government, and Megachurches

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 27, 2012 at 1:00 AM

(Disclaimer: this post is not a criticism of megachurches in general, any megachurch in particular, or people who are politically conservative.)

It seems to me that Megachurches tend to be attended by people who are politically conservative. And these days those who are politically conservative seem to have a universal distrust of government and want to see its size diminished. So why do they like big churches; especially churches whose governments tend towards being rather autocratic.

In contrast theologically liberal churches, which tend to attract politically liberal people, also tend to be small and have more democratic forms of government.

This just seems odd to me. I can certainly understand how most people would trust their church leadership more than their civil leadership. However, this would seem to demonstrate that it’s not that conservatives don’t trust government, but rather they just don’t trust the American government. Or, if my intuition is correct, conservative Christians should not allow their pastors to operate as autocrats.

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