christiansuniting-politicalactionSo the Pew folks tell us that millennials think that Christians are too involved with political matters. While one might think it wise to withdraw from political comment in order to appear more attractive to that generation, the following from Luther might cause the preacher to re-think that strategy:

 "Christ has instructed us preachers not to withhold the truth from the lords but to exhort and chide them in their injustice... [W]e must rebuke the Pilates in their crime and self-confidence. Then they say to us, 'You are reviling the majesty of God,' to which we answer, 'We will suffer what you do to us, but to keep still and let it appear that you do right when you do wrong, that we cannot and will not do'" (WA 28:360-61). "Those who are in the office [of ministry] and are called to do so shall rebuke and judge their gods [rulers] boldly and openly... To rebuke rulers is not seditious, provided it is done in the way here described: namely by the office to which God has committed that duty, and through God's Word, spoken publicly, boldly, and honestly. To rebuke rulers in this way is, on the contrary, praiseworthy, noble, and a rare virtue, and a particularly great service to God... It would be far more seditious if a preacher did not rebuke the sins of the rulers; for then he makes people angry and sullen, strengthens the wickedness of the tyrants, becomes a partaker in it, and bears responsibility for it... Those preachers,... who take the side of only one party and scold the lords in order to tickle the fancy of the rank and file and court the peasants, or scold the peasants in order to flatter and please the lords, ... are poisonous and dangerous. The thing to do is chop up both parties in one bowl and make one dish out of the two of them. For a preacher is neither a courtier nor a hired hand. He is God's servant and slave ... he is to do what is right and proper, not with a view to favor or disfavor, but according to law, that is, according to God's Word, which knows no distinction or respect of persons. (LW: 13-49-51).
Should one wish to pursue this course and preach the whole counsel of God to all of God's people, including rulers, then one ought to spend some time acquainting his congregation with Luther's thought, especially his thoughts on "equal treatment" when addressing sins of all parties. And if one cannot find sin in both parties' policies, I would suggest delving further into Luther's thoughts on what comprises a just and fair society. You just might be compelled to re-register as an Independent voter.