Politics More Comfortable Than Religion for Americans
August 13, 2016
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A LifeWay study found that 64% of Americans have had at least three conversations about politics in the past month, and 59% would rather talk about politics, compared to 41% who would rather talk about religion. 1 in 2 evangelicals talk about their religion more than politics. Men were more likely than women to prefer politics over religion.
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Why this story matters for church leaders:
Contrary to the popular saying that polite conversation avoids politics and religion, many Americans prefer discussing politics rather than religion.
- What to Talk About? Are there ways that we can make talking about religion more open and inviting, encouraging others to share their beliefs without the fear of being disrespected?
- What to Avoid Talking About? Have Christians made the mistake of preferring politics over sharing the gospel? Have we sometimes mixed the two together too much?
- Boundaries: It’s natural to expect people to hold back on talking about a deeply important matter like religion, and oftentimes we need to trust someone before talking about it.
Where does your church land in talking about politics and religion? Too much politics? Too little religion?
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