1 in 4 Evangelicals Say ‘Insulting Personal Remarks’ are Justified in Politics

Most evangelicals want to play nice in the political reel, according to a new study. But – perhaps surprisingly – a significant minority say it’s perfectly OK not to model Christ’s teachings in that sphere.

A total of 22 percent of Americans with evangelical beliefs agree that “being civil in political conversations is not productive,” according to a new survey by LifeWay Research. Additionally, 26 percent (one in four) agree that “making insulting personal remarks” about a political opponent is justified.

Exactly one-third (33 percent) of evangelicals say that when someone with their political views is accused of wrongdoing, they “respond by citing examples of wrongdoing by the other side.” A total of 16 percent say it’s OK to bend the truth to “influence people” to adopt sound political views.

The study was sponsored by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“The results of this polling project were occasionally encouraging, frequently surprising and in some cases very much indicting,” said Russell Moore, ERLC president. “What this polling clearly shows is that there are forces driving the church apart from one another. That shouldn’t surprise us. But it should convict us.”

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Source: Christian Headlines

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