Should 501c3's and Churches be allowed in the political process?
Psalm 24:1 (New King James Version)
Ps 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
Who was David? A King? A man of government? Yet he recognized government's proper role before God - that everything belongs to God and government should not try to subvert God's laws.
One of the ways the American Federal Government subverts God's Laws like:
Leviticus 18:22 (New King James Version)
Lev 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
Is by having the IRS regulate 501c3's like Churches so that certain types of speech are deemed political in nature (like discussing homosexuality) and thus forbidden if the church wants to keep their tax exempt status so that they can survive.
It's important to note that in the last 25 years I have heard 3 sermons preached against homosexuality and really for such an important issue in our society it was only mentioned in passing all 3 times. In fact it was obvious that one of the pastors was afraid to mention it (during California's Prop 8) so he just said to get involved in the political process but everyone in the congregation knew what that meant (Non-denominational Evangelical Church).
If there is truly separation of Church and State then the American Federal Government should quit regulating churches, synagogues, and mosques telling them what they can and cannot preach on Saturday or Sunday.
If anything, the wall of separation between church and state should be strengthened, not torn down. As is the view of many religious groups and atheists alike; churches do what they do better when the government stays out of it, and the government does what it does better when churches stay out.
Also, if you want to participate in the political process, start by paying taxes