Churches and other religious places are for people to worship and seek guidance to be a better person. It is not a place for instigating hatred or taking sides in the political process. Even the Pope do not take side in any political parties throughout the world.
We go temples and churches to give thanksgivings, to repent and to ask for divine help in our hopes. Growing up, Catholics (in my parish at least) are “judged” by their church attendance records, participation in lay organizations & church activities. Basically, we are judged by our physical actions that others see us do.
And yet, we can find in the bible parables & teachings about not putting your “religious devotion” for show. Two that come to mind would be the parable about the Pharisee & the tax collector & about the Pharisee who stands in the street corner to pray.
A piece of wisdom from a bishop in a confessional stuck with me over the years. Allow me to capture the essence of it below;
Your faith is not measured by your church attendance. Nor is it diminished by questioning societal norms & traditions. When you ask questions of your clergy, your religion & your God, it is then that your faith is strengthened. To follow blindly is to build your faith on a foundation of sand. The flood will come & sweep it away.
The Members In Church Must Speak Out If They Feel That There Are Wrongs Being Committed In The Name Of God.
AFTER ALL, THE COMMANDMENTS DID STATE THAT WE SHOULD NOT USE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN.