The ever popular dispute of keeping church and state separate has been an issue for years. People simply feel that mixing politics with religion is a serious conflict of interest. However wrong many people see this, the two are rarely separated.
As a matter of fact, there is the long standing tradition of Pope's and U.S. Presidents meeting to discuss important world issues. The ritual started in 1919 with President Woodrow Wilson and Pope Benedict XV. This practice speaks volumes for this hot box issue.
Also, there have been many Christian ministers which have entered the world of politics.
Above is a brief list of pastors and preachers who have "crossed over" into the fascinating world of Government.
Reverend Al Sharpton
Al Sharpton is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election.
Reverend Jesse Jackson
In 1984, Jesse Jackson became the second African American (after Shirley Chisholm) to mount a nationwide campaign for President of the United States, running as a Democrat.
Ordained Baptist minister, Benjamin Hook decided to enter Tennessee state politics and ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature. In 1965 Tennessee Governor Frank G. Clement appointed him to fill a vacancy in the Shelby County criminal court. With this he became the first black criminal court judge in Tennessee history.
Media mogul, Pat Robertson is a former Southern Baptist minister. He unsuccessfully campaigned to become the Republican Party's nominee in the 1988 presidential election
Walter Edward Fauntroy
Walter Edward Fauntroy is the former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and a civil rights activist. He is also a former delegate to the United States Congress and was a candidate for the 1972 and 1976 Democratic presidential nominations as a favorite son.