Russell Moore Silent on Trump’s Defense of the Unborn

I cannot stand Russell Moore, an overt Hillary Clinton supporter and Donald Trump despiser.  This one leader has done as much damage to the Southern Baptist Convention, as former Director James Comey has done to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  I am ashamed to be affiliated with him, being in the same denomination as this wolf in sheepskin.  The following article highlights more of his shenanigans, and removes all doubt as to his motives.  Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

Pulpit & PenRussell Moore Silent on Trump’s Defense of the Unborn
by News Division · Published February 6, 2019 · Updated February 6, 2019

Russell Moore Silent on Trump’s Defense of the Unborn
by News Division · Published February 6, 2019 · Updated February 6, 2019

Russell Moore attacked Donald Trump so vehemently and relentlessly during the presidential primary (Moore had the entire ERLC turned into a shameless Rubio PAC), that Trump referred to him as a “very nasty guy with no heart.” Perhaps Trump knew that Moore, even then, was a financial partner of George Soros. Regardless, it seems that Moore will do whatever it takes not to affirm President Trump, even when he makes the most pro-life comments in any State of the Union speech in history.
Moore, a former Democratic staffer, serves on the Evangelical Immigration Table, which is an organization bought, paid for, and founded by George Soros and is an invention of Soros’ National Immigration Forum. Both are a part of Soros’ Open Societies Foundation, a globalist organization run by the billionaire whose ambition it is to dismantle American sovereignty and the nation-state.

Moore’s official job, other than a leftist provocateur, is being the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Since his tenure there, he has had the ERLC sign an animal rights declaration with the Humane Society, sign an amicus brief with Muslims to help get a Mosque built in New Jersey, hosted the MLK50 social justice conference named in honor of the bi-sexual sex trafficker, and spent years attacking the POTUS. Most importantly, Moore has spent his time at the ERLC advocating for open borders, which would erase American national sovereignty and put all of our dearest civil liberties (including the freedom of religion) in great jeopardy.

The SBC needs a whole other ERLC just to protect it from the encroachments of liberty and advance of progressivism caused by the current ERLC.
The POTUS gave comments last night that are among the strongest ever recorded in defense of the unborn, at least from a State of the Union speech. Moore has stood with Nancy Pelosi twice in recent weeks in calling for open borders and an end to the government shutdown, and it seems he stands with her again, unwilling to congratulate the president for his defense of unborn children.
In fact, Russell Moore’s comments about Trump’s defense of the unborn has been captured on camera and is pictured below.

HT Cody Libolt

I jest.

Moore has been uncharacterstically silent. While evangelicals across the country are applauding Trump’s words, Moore has not tweeted, blogged, or made any kind of post in relation to the president’s incredible comments.
Instead, the ERLC took the time to post an article covering a talk at “Evangelicals for Life.” The talk didn’t have anything to do with abortion, however, and included words from Thabiti Anyabwile about criminal justice reform. As we’ve demonstrated in previous posts, Russell Moore is using the term “pro-life” to refer to topics like penal reform and illegal immigration instead of abortion.
If Russel Moore can’t bring himself to speak positive words about the POTUS when he’s able, it should be clear that Moore is in opposition to Trump’s agenda. And Trump’s agenda is very, very good for evangelicalism.
Whose side is Moore on? Apparently it’s not the side of the unborn for this former Democratic staffer.

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Political Leaders Celebrating Abortion To a Standing Ovation / James Sundquist

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Grim Weeper
A.F. Branco on February 4, 2019 at 8:40 am

Democrats, Northam, Racism, and Infanticide

Governor reveals the historic racism that’s been rampant in the Democrat party for years, but they have changed, they are now the party of Infanticide. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2019.

Thought for the day…

 

In addition to the above, Democrats obviously do not care for our nation, through their philosophy of allowing open borders to absolutely anyone without vetting procedures, as well as “sanctuary cities” to harbor criminals.  They support every Islamic cause they can while opposing Christian values; they rise against our national sovereignty and jurisprudence, and every ideal upon which our nation was built.  They are obstructionists.  They are anarchists and radical leftists, flying under the flag of Communists, Socialists, and Progressives, advocating for insurrection, and will stop at nothing to reach their ultimate goal – The New World Order (NWO).  Personally, I do not care for the insipid, vacillating, compromising and lukewarm Republican Party either, but I would agree with what the above quoted Bishop Earl Walker Jackson Sr. would surely say:  “Voting Democrat is NOT an option.”

Pray for this sin sick nation, Pastor Steve  <><

President Donald Trump Is A “Big League” Speed Bump, Withholding Satan’s Master Plan To Destroy The World As We Know It

We all know that Donald Trump comes with a lot of baggage, but most Evangelicals love him because he:  1)Supports Israel.  (There are serious ramifications for the nations who do not support Israel –  Genesis 12:3 King James Version (KJV):  “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”)   2)He is a huge fly in the soup for George Soros and his nefarious plans to implement the New World Order (NWO).  If Soros has the freedom to work through leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the NWO and the Great Tribulation will soon be here!  Pray without ceasing for President Donald Trump and his successors.  Enjoy the following article that is focused on this topic.   Maranatha, Pastor Steve  <><

 

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George Soros: Trump Has Almost Destroyed the New World Order
October 05, 2018

George Soros: Trump Has Almost Destroyed the New World Order
October 05, 2018

George Soros says he is alarmed and frustrated at the speed in which President Trump is dismantling the New World Order.

Speaking exclusively to the Washington Post, the billionaire globalist admits he regrets not foreseeing Trump’s meteoric rise to power.
Fearful that Trump “is willing to destroy the world”, Soros has vowed to “redouble [his] efforts” in pouring millions of dollars into opposing everything Trump stands for.

Zerohedge.com reports: While the Hungarian-American might come off as full of doom and gloom in his interview, he actually has a reason to feel that way because Trump has single-handedly presided over the dismantlement of the Liberal-Globalist world order that Soros has worked for decades to build, destroying the old paradigm of Trans-Atlantic relations in a simple spree of tweets and presiding over the return of Christian morals, ethics, and values in American society, ideas that are absolutely anathema to the atheist billionaire.
From Soros’ perspective, Trump is indeed destroying the world, albeit not in the apocalyptic sense like he’s implying but in the ideological one of pioneering a completely new world order than the one that the President inherited.

Obama, who can be regarded as Soros’ surrogate in the White House, worked towards building a world where the US bows before the authority of the UN on many (but crucially, not all) key issues such as climate change and sustainable development agendas, heralding in a new multilateralism that would have moved International Relations closer to a so-called “one world government”, albeit one that would still be largely under indirect American influence.

Concurrent with this, the Obama-Soros vision was to have the media attack all of their opponents as “racist, fascist, white supremacists” for daring to think that the future might be different, but then all of a sudden Trump came along and committed to undoing their legacy.
The world that Trump wants to build is one of unrestricted American unilateralism in “Leading from the Front” while unabashedly pioneering a return to unipolarity, righting what he truly believes to have been the many historic wrongs that Obama, Soros, and all the others before him committed in voluntarily handicapping American power through lopsided trade deals and various other unfair commitments.

All told, this global recalibration can rightly be described as a “Revolution in World Affairs” because of the “new thinking” involved in guiding America’s policies from here on out.
Reported by: Your News Wire

By Prophecy in the News|October 5th, 2018|Tags: Bible Prophecy, Christian News, George Soros, Liberal-Globalist world order, New World Order, Prophecy News

Not Your Daddy’s Democrats…

The following article is taken from the Sword Of The Lord publication from July 27, 2018.  Despite the fact that all Socialist and Communist Nations fail, this is what Modernists/Millennials desire!  The progression goes from Socialism to Communism/Fascism to Dictatorship.  Many felt that if Hillary Clinton was elected, we would have forever lost our nation.  I would agree 100% with that assessment.  I believe if a leftwing radical once again wins the White House as Barrack Hussein Obama did, we will never get our nation back to the desired roots that our Founding Fathers established.  And make no mistake, the liberal element desires to redistribute wealth, place your estate in the hands of the government at your death, and take away your second amendment rights.  Future demographics favor the Democratic Party – millennials, modernists and immigrants.  It seems as if the seniors are the only core group who favor the principles upon which this nation was built.  Once this generation passes on, unless the Lord intervenes, what will prohibit us from resembling Europe?  (The European nations are one by one capitulating to Islam).

Today’s Democrats desire open borders, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, high taxes on the middle class, abortion on demand, impeachment, regulations that eliminate businesses and corporations, they want to totally remove American distinctives in favor of multiculturalism, and to forever bury the Judeo Christian ethic, the base upon which this nation was founded.  In short, they desire to homogenize the United States with their planning of a New World Order (NWO).

The Progression:  The Democratic Party > Socialism > Communism/Fascism > Dictatorship > The New World Order (NWO)

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

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Fifty-Eight Percent of Millennials Would Rather Live in Socialist or Communist Nation

The majority of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist, communist or fascist nation rather than a capitalistic one, according to a new poll.

…Fifty-eight percent of the up-and-coming generation opted for one of the three systems, compared to 42 percent who said they were in favor of capitalism.

The most popular socioeconomic order was socialism, with 44 percent support.  Communism and fascism received 7 percent support each.  -gopusa.com

EDITOR’S COMMENTS: Whether or not these numbers are accurate (polls can be deceptive), it does tell us things we really don’t want to hear.  The universities across the nation are largely responsible for this.  Our churches who sit idly by and do not stand and speak up loudly and clearly must also bear some of the blame.

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Former President Ronald Reagan:  “Fascism Will Come In The Form Of Liberalism”

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – Under Wraps
A.F. Branco on July 31, 2018 at 7:40 am

Democrats are Socialist

Mainstream media and the Democrats continue trying to hide what most people have already figured out, that they are socialist leaning toward Communism. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

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A.F. Branco Cartoon – The Amerikan
A.F. Branco on July 30, 2018 at 7:40 am

Socialism is the path to communism, and Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading the way this 2018 election. It’s not your parents’ Democrat Party. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2018.

 

Pray For Revival In America!

Prophecy News Watch Updates For June And July, 2018 ~ Perfect Storm: 15 Flashpoints To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2018

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Perfect Storm: 15 Flashpoints To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2018

By Michael Snyder/End Of The American Dream July 17, 2018

Events are beginning to greatly accelerate, and many believe that the ingredients for a “perfect storm” are starting to come together as we enter the second half of 2018. Other than the continual drama surrounding the Trump presidency, things have been quite calm for the past couple of years.

We have been enjoying a time of peace, safety and relative economic prosperity that a lot of Americans have begun to take for granted. But great trouble has been brewing under the surface, and many are wondering if we are about to reach a major turning point.

Our planet is being shaken physically, emotionally and financially, and it isn’t going to take much to push us over the edge. The following are 15 flashpoints which could create world changing events during the 2nd half of 2018…

#1 War In The Middle East – A state of war already exists in Israel. 200 rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel on Saturday alone, and it won’t take much to spark a much broader regional war.

#2 Civil Unrest In U.S. Cities – Progressives are promising a “summer of rage”, and they are assuring us that all of the anger that has been building up against President Trump and his administration is about to starting boiling over onto the streets of our major cities all across America.

#3 The Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court – Prominent liberals are stoking fears that the Supreme Court will start taking away “our most cherished liberties” if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate. Expect Washington D.C. to be the focus for a lot of the chaos that will happen later this summer.

#4 Tensions In The Windy City – The City of Chicago is a powder keg that could erupt at any moment. The recent shooting of a young African-American man resulted in a violent night of protests, and we should expect much more chaos in the days ahead.

#5 The 2018 Mid-Term Elections – These are probably the most important mid-term elections in modern American history, and tempers are running high on both sides. At this point the left appears to have more energy than the right, as they have accumulated a voter registration lead of 12 million in states that require party affiliation.

#6 Hillary Clinton – Hillary has been acting very much like a presidential candidate in recent days, and she has been continually fueling hatred for Donald Trump during her public appearances. Many believe that she will launch yet another campaign for the presidency once the 2018 mid-term elections are over.

#7 The U.S. Border With Mexico – President Trump’s immigration policies have absolutely infuriated the left, and Mexico’s new president is a radical socialist that absolutely hates Donald Trump and that has declared that immigration to the United States is a “human right”. It is difficult to see how this crisis is going to end well.

#8 The Trade War Between The United States And China – A full-blown trade war has erupted between the two largest economies on the entire planet. U.S. consumers are going to have to start paying much more for certain goods, and U.S. businesses that are heavily dependent on exports are going to have to start laying off workers.

#9 The Deteriorating Relationship Between The United States And Russia – Russia has become the “boogeyman” that gets blamed for everything these days, and relations between our two nations are the worst that they have been since the Cold War. Hopefully Trump and Putin can change that, but it is hard to be optimistic at this point.

#10 Will NATO Survive? – Donald Trump has threatened to pull the United States out of NATO if European leaders do not “immediately” begin increasing defense spending.

#11 The Stock Market – Markets all over the world have already been plummeting, and the smart money in the United States is getting out of the market at a pace that we haven’t seen since 2008. We are way overdue for a major crash, and if one happens during the second half of 2018 it definitely will not be a surprise.

#12 The Price Of Oil – The price of oil has reached levels not seen in many years, and many believe that the price is going to go much higher. This is already putting a tremendous amount of strain on working families all over America.

#13 The Political And Financial Crisis In Italy – The Italian government is going through an enormous amount of turmoil right now, and there are rumblings that the Italians may decide to leave the euro altogether. If that happens, we should expect to see the greatest financial shaking in modern European history.

#14 Earth In Travail – More than 30 volcanoes are erupting all around the world right now, and seismic activity appears to be escalating along the Ring of Fire. It is only a matter of time before we have a major seismic event in the United States, but hopefully that will not happen within the next six months.

#15 Drought In The Southwest – A devastating drought of historic proportions has already caused “Dust Bowl conditions” to return to some areas of the Southwest. If more rain doesn’t start falling, farmers and ranchers in the region are going to be absolutely crippled.

Of course it is inevitable that we will face some moments of crisis during the second half of 2018 that have nothing to do with the items on this list. One thing that is always true about life is that it is unpredictable, and so we should expect the unexpected.

But what virtually everyone should be able to agree upon is the fact that we are witnessing a very strange confluence of events that is unlike anything that we have witnessed in a very, very long time.

Is America about to plunge into a time of unprecedented turmoil? Only time will tell, but all of the ingredients are definitely there, and if a “perfect storm” does emerge during the second half of 2018 there are many of us that won’t be shocked at all.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2408#ou1QpCj2psta1Kmk.99

Dinesh D’Souza on Obama and His New Movie “Death of a Nation”

This movie will be released August third.  It shows the incessant lies of the Democratic Party and how it is completely unhinged.  They want to destroy our freedoms, open our borders, take away the right to bear arms, and allow illegal immigrants to run roughshod all over this nation.  They are anarchists and despise the popularity of President Donald Trump.  Pray for this nation without ceasing.  Pastor Steve  <><

“Death of a Nation” Trailer | Official Theatrical Trailer HD, In Theaters August 3

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Synopsis
Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. They smeared him. They went to war to defeat him. In the end, they assassinated him. Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters. The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists. These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right “by any means necessary.” But which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them? Moreover, which is the party of racism today? Is fascism now institutionally embodied on the right or on the left?  Through stunning historical recreations and a searching examination of fascism and white supremacy, Death of a Nation cuts through progressive big lies to expose hidden history and explosive truths.  Lincoln united his party and saved America from the Democrats for the first time. Can Trump and we come together and save America for the second time?
Rated N/A
Runtime N/A
Genres Documentary
Opens August 3rd, 2018
Directed By Dinesh D’Souza
Bruce Schooley
Written By Dinesh D’Souza, Bruce Schooley

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Vote & Pray For Revival In America!

The Comeback of ‘Under God’ ~ The American Renewal Project

 


 

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In 2015, the American Renewal Project hosted pastors and pews events preparing for the first four presidential primaries in 2016: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. Participants included Mike Huckabee, LA Governor Bobby Jindal, TX Governor Rick Perry, TX Senator Ted Cruz, KY Senator Rand Paul, and FL Senator Marco Rubio.

On May 3, 2016, Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination with his victory in the Indiana primary. The race to become the next president was down to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump.

Some Evangelical leaders got caught up in the ‘Never Trump’ movement. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), declared in a Washington Post opinion piece of October 9, 2016, that “If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right.” The article seemed an effort to suppress Evangelical turnout on Election Day.  [Russell Moore is a wolf in sheepskin and he is bad for the SBC.  He promoted “Crooked Hillary” in 2016.  Why would anyone be surprised that he desires to enable LGBTQ?  Note Trump’s accomplishments below.  Moore totally lacked discernment of what Trump would do.  Pastor Steve  <><] 

On May 10, 2016, we examined the ‘Never Trump’ movement in an editorial addressed to 100,000 American Renewal Project pastors:

“What and how will Mr. Trump do? I don’t have a clue.

“But with Hillary we do know. The progressives that she will stack on the Supreme Court alone will set back America for a century. Americans may well lose 1) their Second Amendment right to ‘keep and bear Arms’ and 2) their religious liberty (Kim Davis was just the warm-up act). Codifying transgender bathrooms rights will only be the beginning of nine unelected and unaccountable Justices imposing a godless agenda, tearing America apart brick-by-brick.” (read full story here: https://bit.ly/2wFciXj )

Fast-forwarding now to June 2018, a list of President Trump’s victories includes:
• Defending religious liberty.
• Standing up for the unborn.
• Defunding Planned Parenthood.
• Appointing conservative jurists to the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts.
• Reinstating the Mexico City Policy [policy blocking U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services].
• Rescinding the Johnson Amendment by Executive Order.
• Commitment to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
• Opening the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump said. Many promised for nearly three decades, only Donald Trump kept his word.

A good explanation for the Trump phenomenon, aside from the Left’s narrative, would be “God helps those who cannot help themselves.”

Last week we discussed how Cardinal Karol Wojtyla – who later became Pope John Paul II – and Father Frank Blachnicki established a youth ministry in Poland to renew the Polish church. They did this through spiritual mobilization in the fight against communism. Their Oasis movement was created to counter Soviet ‘propagandizement’ of Polish youth by USSR Young Pioneer camps. An estimated ten million children had passed through 40,000 pioneer camps across the USSR during the 1960s and 1970s. (1) This was ‘evangelization’ and indoctrination by a pagan, communistic godless religion. Contrast this to the Oasis alumni, who took vows to live ethical lifestyles of spiritual dissent in the face of a hostile communistic system.

It is evidently high time for an ‘ Oasis movement ’ for America’s youth. We need a movement that will expel pagan Secularism, presently entrenched as gospel, from public education and America’s cultural mountains of influence. This would be a miracle of similar magnitude to Joshua commanding the sun to stand still.

In any case, let’s be clear: neither Wall Street, politicians, government, nor public education is going to save America. “They one and all fail, utterly fail, to meet the deep need of the soul. One and all they are unable to put away sin. And, yet, sad to say, they one and all supplant the Christ of God – He is not wanted; He passes by unnoticed.” (2)

The phrase “passes by unnoticed” leads us to Proverbs 8:10: “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.” If riches are esteemed and desired over Wisdom, she quietly withdraws, without a commotion. Even a cursory glance at our culture will show that God has withdrawn His hand from secularized, public education. Wisdom’s absence is unmistakable.

As long as pagan Secularism controls America’s cultural mountains of influence – public education, academia, newsrooms, sports, the courts, big business, Hollywood, medicine – we are going downhill as a nation. Each passing day it becomes clearer that Christians have neglected their duty over the last three-quarters of a century. Christians have treated the conflict between the pagan religion of Secularism and the Biblical God Jehovah casually, as just another passing fancy. Yet, on the contrary, this is war.

We Christians must now make the fullest possible use of all means at our disposal to dislodge Secularism from the public square and the culture if America is to survive. This spiritual war calls for persistent vigilance together with action.

Currently, Donald Trump looks to be our best ally. God has raised a Samson “willing to do what God’s people are not.” ( goo.gl/2p6TXE)

Christians must take their civic government skills to the next level. A great tutor for developing such skills is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Newt’s new book is titled Trump’s America. ( goo.gl/YrH8pM)

In Chapter 3 – The Comeback of ‘Under God’ – it reads: “Essentially, the anti-Trump coalition has twisted freedom of religion into freedom from religion by casting faith as a source of oppression that should be removed from public life. … This is why freedom of religion is an essential pillar of America – and a key to the American comeback.”

Gideons and Rahabs are beginning to stand.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/soviet-pioneer-camp-communism-scouts-belarus
(2) A.W. Pink, Gleanings From Joshua

Politics Can Push People Out the Church Door

Ouch!  As a pastor I stand guilty as charged.  I often lack sensitivity to those of different political persuasions, and ramrod my own beliefs in a sanctimonious fashion.  I appreciate this article and need to learn from it.  By the way, if you disagree with material within this blogsite, it will most likely be under the category of “Current Events,” which often has political overtones.

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

 

leave church politics research

By Bob Smietana   ~   May 9, 2018
Paul Djupe, a political scientist at Denison University, has a word of caution for church leaders.
Be careful when you get involved in politics—or you may drive some people away.
Political victories often come with costs, says Djupe—especially when conservative Christians are involved.
A new study in Political Research Quarterly, co-authored by Djupe, looks at the rate of so-called “nones”—Americans who claim no religious identity—in states where conservative Christians supported bans on same-sex marriage or laws that affected gay rights.
In those states, the rate of nones went up.
“Our findings suggest that Christian Right influence in state politics seems to negatively affect religion, such that religious attachments fade in the face of visible Christian Right policy victories,” Djupe and his coauthors wrote.
Djupe told Facts & Trends that politics can have unintended consequences for churches. Political debates don’t drive away core churchgoers, he says. But they can cause some people to swear off religion altogether.
“When churches take political stands,” he says, “people are going to start to evaluate them based on those political criteria and not religious criteria.”
A similar study Djupe was involved in showed that people on the edges of church life are more likely to leave over politics.
“We found that it was marginal attenders in churches who were exposed to disagreement that were likely to leave,” he says. “If you were a frequent attender who is engaged in church activities outside of worship, these disagreements didn’t make much difference.”
For the study published in Political Research Quarterly, researchers examined how the percentage of nones increased from 2000 to 2010. They found even in so-called red states, which tend to be more religious, the number of nones increased.
“One of the more remarkable things is that the rate of nones is really catching up across the country,” he says. “There are still some pretty sizable gaps if you compare Oregon or Vermont to Alabama, but on average, it’s close.”
Churches can’t swear off any involvement with politics, says Djupe. But he is concerned that churches can become too identified with either political party.
Instead of evaluating a church on religious or spiritual terms, people may begin to judge a church solely on its politics.
And pastors should know that political involvement has a cost.
“It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s going to have implications for the extent of their ministry outreach,” he says. “There are people that are just going to reject that and walk away. So they may segment the possible reach of their ministry (to only certain groups).”
A New York Times story earlier this year found a “quiet exodus” of African-American worshipers from evangelical churches after the 2016 president election. The Wall Street Journal reported last week on mainline Protestant churches that had seen church members leave—and some newcomers show up—due to political activism.
Writing in Christianity Today, Djupe and co-author Ryan Burge from Eastern Illinois University say their previous research showed Clinton voters were most likely to leave evangelical churches after the 2016 election. But churches at their best should be able to overcome partisan divides.
“The study results also indicate that American churches could benefit from being a place that welcomes, tolerates, or charitably engages voters of either party,” they wrote.
“As research has shown again and again, churches tend to be diverse places where people have the chance to work with others around a shared mission and shared faith.”
Related:
Church as Unifier: In Today’s Fragmented Culture, Could the Church Be an Oasis of Unity?
Room to Listen: We Reach Others by Truly Hearing Them
Pulpit No Place for Political Endorsements, Say Most Americans
Evangelicals Divided Over 2016 Election
BOB SMIETANA (@BobSmietana) is senior writer at Facts & Trends.

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