Many people speak about American “Christianity,” but what does this mean? At the very least, being a Christian means, among basics such as accepting Christ as the Son of God, to oppose sin and be faithful to the Gospels. This is especially true with the sins which the Bible says “cry out to Heaven for vengeance”, and they include the willful murder of the innocent, the sin of the Sodomites, the oppression of the widow and the orphan, and the deprivation of the working man of his justly earned wages.
However, today not only are there many Christians who support Sodom, but only one quarter of American Evangelical Protestants believe abortion should be illegal.
Only a quarter of evangelicals in the United States believe abortion should be illegal in all cases, according to a new poll showing that a majority of self-identified Christians in the U.S. identify as “pro-choice” and less than half of evangelicals identify as “pro-life.”
Save the Storks, a pro-life organization that partners with pregnancy centers to provide women with free ultrasounds, released a new survey this week that it sponsored through the research firm Magid.
The survey is based on online interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide ages 18 to 69 conducted in May to gauge Americans’ opinions and attitudes on abortion.
“There’s a disconnect in our culture right now,” said OB-GYN Dr. Karysse Trandem, a spokesperson for Save the Storks. “The majority of Americans believe that life begins at or before the heartbeat, but the majority of evangelicals and Catholics identify as pro-choice.”
While the research breaks down data by religious demographics, it should be noted that religious classification for the survey was done by self-identification. This means that evangelical respondents were self-identified and not determined by belief qualification.
The data shows that 25 percent of all respondents identify themselves as “pro-life” — a political term used typically to identify someone who opposes abortion — while 40 percent identified as “pro-choice” — a term typically used to identify someone who supports abortion rights.
Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they were “neither or a mix of both,” while 7 percent said they “don’t know.”
When broken down by religious background, 47 percent of self-identified evangelicals, 33 percent of mainline Protestants and 27 percent of Catholics identified themselves as “pro-life.”
Although the plurality of respondents that participated in the survey identified as “pro-choice,” only 27 percent said they think abortion should be legal in all cases, while 14 percent of all respondents said that abortion should be illegal in all cases.
Thirty-four percent of pro-life respondents said they think abortion should be illegal in all cases, while 52 percent said it should illegal in most cases. Ten percent of pro-life respondents said abortion should be legal in most cases and 4 percent of pro-life respondents said abortion should be legal in all cases.
Of the 40 percent of respondents who said they were pro-choice, 52 percent believe that abortion should be legal in all cases, while 36 percent said it should be legal in most cases. Seven percent of pro-choice respondents said abortion should be illegal in all cases and 5 percent said it should be illegal in most cases.
For respondents who said they were “neither or a mix” of pro-choice and pro-life, 30 percent believe that abortion should be illegal in most cases while 51 percent believe that abortion should be legal in most cases.
Only 25 percent of evangelicals believe that abortion should be illegal in all cases, while 33 percent of evangelicals said that abortion should be illegal in most cases. Fifteen percent of evangelicals believe that abortion should be legal in all cases and 27 percent of evangelicals believe it should be legal in most cases.
The support of abortion in the Catholic Church is well-known among many, but the Catholic Church is also the largest opponent to abortion among all of the Churches. In that sense, the apostasy is public and cannot be hidden.
This is not the case with many of the Evangelicals, who possess a mix of beliefs intertwined with American nationalism, and while having a common belief in Jesus, are not always clear as to what that means, let alone serious issues of morality.
The situation in the Catholic Church is bad, but it is also the same in the Evangelical churches, but in a different context. There is a decline taking place that has worsened with each generation, and it is possible that in the future, a simple apostasy not in the form of a public declaration, but a cessation of going to church and their simple and quiet disappearance from the American landscape.
One can see this in any town in southern New England, which as each town has a “Congregational Church” from as far back as Puritan times, many of them are now vacant, office buildings, apartment complexes, or are just small and up for sale. This happened because the people eventually stopped believing.
It has happened before in the US, and given the decline in Christian practice and what it means to be a Christian, there is a certain possibility that it could happen again.