As a non-churchgoer I'm a bit of an ignoramus on churchly matters. So I'm a "little" behind on what's considered the norm when it comes to the influence of the church on one's electoral decision. I recently heard from a devout Christian (and slightly Republican) friend that the head pastor (I think she called him the 'Lord Pastor' ??) at her church makes political speeches (every week, for the last few months) that expound the virtues of the Republican agenda and criticize the ideas the Liberals stand for. The preacher never actually names a specific person, but the message is clear. Is this okay ? Does it happen everywhere, or is this just an aberration. This church is probably Columbus' (Ohio, USA) largest, and hosts tens of thousands (during conventions, at least - I've dropped a friend off there once). Frequently hosting prominent (I'll save the other adjectives for another day) personalities like Benny Hinn, this church has a huge sphere of influence. So again, are there rules or ethics regarding preaching politics, or is it 'no holds barred' ?