A new survey from PRRI found that almost have of Americans believe that Christians face discrimination in America that is equal to the inequality that other groups face. Eight in ten white evangelical Protestants held this view, rising from six in ten back in 2012. Among the supporters of Donald Trump, three-quarters agreed that Christians face discrimination in America.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
If American Christians enjoy significant freedoms compared to the majority of believers around world, could this issue become a distraction?
- Trouble Is Coming: Jesus promised us trouble, so on the one hand, any kind of opposition or slander is part of what we have signed up for.
- Freedom to Worship: What kind of message do Americans send Christians who face intense persecution in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia when we believe that we being persecuted?
- Bigger Fish to Fry? Fears of discrimination aside, Christians may want to spend more time worrying about church attendance declines.
How do Christians balance advocating for their rights with sharing the Gospel?
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