Political polarization is as prevalent in United States as it has been in decades. How is this polarization affecting how people affiliate with churches?
Lifeway Research asked 1,010 Protestant churchgoers about how politics affect their church affiliations.
They were given the following statement: “I prefer to attend a church where people share my political views.”
- Overall, 46 percent agree, 42 percent disagree, 12 percent are not sure.
- 57 percent of those under age 50 agree
- 39 percent of those ages 50 to 64 agree
- 33 percent of those ages 65 and older agree
Fifty-seven percent of those with evangelical beliefs say their political beliefs match most people in their church. This compares to just 44 percent of those without evangelical beliefs.
Only 1 in 10 churchgoers say they would consider leaving their church over political views.
Pastors: Be aware that about half of your congregation may not agree with your politics.
Church members: Be aware that the people sitting next to you at church may disagree with you politically.
Remember that the gospel is what brings the people of God together … not politics.