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Dallas Dunlap, you wondered how the US survived prior to 1954 before there was a Johnson Amendment. I was only 11 years old at that time and not really immersed in politics, so I don’t know the definitive answer. However, there are a number of things that have happened since then which could drastically impact the kind of political influence a church could have. First of all, I don’t think there were many mega-churches in those days. We did have radio and TV, but most worship services were not broadcast. Today besides the few churches which still use the older forms of media, it is quite common for worship services to be live-streamed, thereby reaching thousands. In my own church attendance of 10,000 to 12,000 on any given weekend is not unusual when those on-line are counted, too. On special weekends such as Easter, over 30,000 have attended. Moreover, those live-streamed services are recorded so that during the week more people can go on-line and access them. My pastor makes a point of not favoring any political party in his sermons. We have prominent people from both parties among the members including a US congressman. I am not sure that all pastors do that as the article told about the one Sunday annually when a large number of pastors make a point of a political sermon.

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