Mary Mitchell's latest column talks about minister and politics. She uses James Meeks and Bobby Rush as examples. Respectively one is a state Senator and the other is a US Congressman. Instead of rehashing the whole column I'm just going to link to another post where there is some discussion on the issue at hand over at Capitol Fax Blog.
Now my POV on this issue is that I'm not comfortable with it. Indeed should a minister decide to run for an elected office it should be an issue how he'll juggle his responsibilities to his constituents and his congregation. Nothing should preclude a minister from running for office. Indeed as the case could be they're doing this because no one else is willing or able to step up to the plate for their communities.