Super Tuesday II is tomorrow. This is the primary race that goes on and on and on. And most likely it is not going to end tomorrow night, no matter what the results might be.
Because of all of this, I thought that this recently reported trend from the Barna Organization was particularly interesting and worth noting. The reason why this trend caught my attention is because I have been reading the book, UnChristian. In the book, UnChristian, the authors make note that many outside the church view Evangelical Christian as synonymous as being Republican. This view has become a barrier for the church in reaching out to those Jesus’ misses most, the least, the lost and the last. Here is an excerpt from the report:
Born Again Voters No Longer Favor Republican Candidates
One of the most reliable constituencies of the Republican Party in recent years has been born again Christians. Our latest national survey of likely voters, however, shows that the Republican
Party has lost the allegiance of many born again voters. The November election is truly up for grabs – and if the election were held today, most born again voters would select the Democratic Party nominee for president, whoever that might be. The study also looks at the preferences of evangelicals, the role of “values voters,” and people’s beliefs about whether Mormons are Christians. Read these new insights into the future of our country and the role that people of faith are playing in it by clicking here.
Born Again Voters 2008
I know that for me, my political views have become more moderated. In fact, this election cycle, I am for the first time in my life seriously considering not pulling the Republican lever.
What about you? Have your political loyalties and views shifted and changed over the years? If so, why?
Bill Reichart is a pastor at Big Creek Church in Forsyth County, GA. He blogs at his personal blog, Provocative Church and his ministry blog, Ministry Best Practices.