Pew Research Shows Politics and Culture Wars Aren’t Fueling an Exodus From Church

Contrary to popular belief, politics and the so-called “culture wars” aren’t driving people to abandon their Christian faith.

That’s according to new findings from Pew Research.

Pew’s analysts examined American evangelicals along political and racial lines. Among other things, Pew notes that:

  • There was no mass departure of White Americans from evangelical Protestantism between 2016 and 2020.
  • There is no clear evidence that White evangelicals who opposed Trump were more likely than Trump supporters to leave the evangelical fold.
  • The share of non-White U.S. adults who abandoned the born-again/evangelical label in recent years is offset by the share who adopted it.

In other words, there just doesn’t seem to be a mass exodus from evangelical churches over politics.

It’s worth pointing out that what many people call the “culture war” isn’t new. Churches have opposed abortion and infanticide for the better part of the past 1,900 years, and Christians have affirmed that marriage ought to be the union of one man to one woman since the first century. Believers have addressed these topics and others publicly for the past two millennia.

These conversations are nothing new, and this latest research from Pew just goes to show that they don’t seem to be hurting evangelical churches.

See You At The Pole Coming Wednesday, September 22

See You At The Pole is coming up on Wednesday, September 22.

This is an annual event when students gather outside of school hours around flagpoles at schools, churches, and other locations nationwide to pray and worship.

While courts have ruled that teachers cannot lead students in prayer in the classroom, the Constitution and federal law generally protect students’ rights to pray, read scripture, and form religious groups or clubs on campus — provided that they do not disrupt school activities.

See You At The Pole is a great way for students to lift up their communities in prayer. It’s also a great way that students exercise their religious liberties.