I left our Saturday evening church service early and noticed a woman stuff voter guides underneath windshield. I sighed, approached her and politely asked her to stop. She hadn't gotten approval to post literature at our campus. If she wanted to seek proper approval she could resume her work on Sunday AM.
The woman told me it was ok that she was with a pro-life group. I assured her that I and every pastor of our church was pro-life, we teach a pro-life doctrine.
Still, our policy was firm. She still needed to get her literature pre-approved.
She assured me that she had the legal right to place the vote guides on cars no matter what we wanted. Then she asked me why the policy.
I explained that we wanted Grace to be a safe place for people on the Right and the Left, that we had many people here just starting their spiritual journey, and that we weren't going to confront them with political conversion.
My wife has an axiom: Many words escalate an argument. She is, as always, right. The woman became angry and began reciting the old tired arguments. "Christians can't vote Democrat", "You have a moral obligation as a church to..."
At this point of the conversation, I remembered my wife's wisdom. I reiterated our policy, turned and entered my car and drove home.