Christians Overrepresented

January 11, 2019

Pew Research: “Christians Overrepresented in Congress”

As new members of the U.S. Congress step into roles as policy makers, advocates, and national leaders, it is important to take a look at their faith and pray for them in these new positions. It matters who governs. As Christians, we cannot take lightly our call to pray for them.

According to the Pew Research Center, those who affiliate or identify with the Christian faith compose 88.2% of Congress in 2019-2020. This number has dropped from the 115th congress, which was reportedly 91% Christian, but 88% is still an overwhelming majority.

The national media has focused on the record amount of diversity in Congress, and this diversity is truly encouraging. There are more women and minorities in Congress than ever before, reflecting the nation’s changing demographics. But when it comes to religion, those who identify as Christians remain a majority (another Pew study on religious landscape found that America is still around 70% Christian).

Pew headlined the data, “Christians Overrepresented in Congress,” which implies that this is a problem to be fixed. But as Christians, the greatest thing we can hope for is that our law and policy makers know Jesus Christ and use their position to glorify Him and do good in the world. America needs leaders who follow the humble example of Christ, know that they are saved by grace (Ephesians 2) and obey the call to do justly and love mercy (Micah 6:8). The fact that there are so many Christians who are elected to Congress reveals how a majority of Americans trust these representatives to live out Christian values and practices in their roles in government.

There is no doubt that these Members of Congress will be challenged greatly in the next two years. The current partisanship and bitter passions that people show towards the other party are brutal. Not a day goes by where people are not criticizing one another and attacking each other’s ideas.

We should pray that Christian leaders stand firm in the face of opposition. Author and Pastor John Piper writes about leadership, “There will be many days when the temptation is very strong to quit because of unappreciative people. Criticism is one of Satan’s favorite weapons to try to get effective Christian leaders to throw in the towel.” Americans can be especially hostile and untrusting towards those in government positions, no matter the political affiliation. But these men and women play an incredibly important role in our lives. According to Romans 13, they are God’s servants for our good (Romans 13:4) and we should be encouraged by the number of people who have chosen not to give up on the opportunity to serve in our government.

One of the beauties of the Christian faith is that we know the Lord is sovereign. We trust the Lord with those who are in Congress and believe that He is at work through them. Again, Romans 13:1 reminds us that “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Christians can rest in the sovereignty of God over all circumstances, even in those who are elected to government positions. We can pray that these Christian congressional leaders are “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord [their] labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

As politics changes and new faces enter the government and others leave, I hope that as Christians, we will pray for members of Congress to be not only the leaders of our society, but also gentle and humble spiritual leaders as well.

Christ remains at work in our nation and in our government. As 535 men and women begin a new term, pray that the policies enacted by the 116th congress will truly glorify the Lord and make his name known in our country and in the world at large.

 


3 Responses to Pew Research: “Christians Overrepresented in Congress”

  1. Dan W says:

    I’m sure 99% of the members of Congress claim to be ethical as well. Another number that seems highly exaggerated 🙂

  2. WHAT LAW did they swear to uphold as the law of the land: 1) the biblically seditious Constitution, or 2) the Bible’s immutable triune moral law, that is, the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments?

    “He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.” (Proverb 28:9)

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ [‘Lay my hand on and swear on multiple Bibles.’] And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ ” (Matthew 7:21-23)

    “…Swearing upon the Bible is an empty gesture for an even more important reason. If ever there were an unequal yoking, it is when public officials place their hands on the Bible and swear to uphold the laws of WE THE PEOPLE. This no more Christianizes the oath than Aaron’s naming the golden calf “Yahweh” sanctified his idolatry. The Bible offers no precedent for swearing to uphold any other law than Yahweh’s. Swearing in Yahweh’s name, or swearing on the Bible, means nothing to Him if you simultaneously swear to keep the laws of another god. This is treason and sedition against the God of gods and King of kings….”

    For more, see Chapter 5 ” Article 2: Executive Usurpation” of free online book “Bible Law vs. The United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at https://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt5.html.

  3. Search4Truth says:

    While I think the previous commenter has ignore St. Peter’s admonition to speak in love, I don’t think we have to worry much about the headline either. Paul told us in Titus1:16 They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work. A person can call him/herself anything they want, but when they support murder of the unborn and deny God’s plan for human sexuality, they can hardly call themselves a follower of Christ. We definitely need to pray for them, and in more than their governing responsibilities.

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