2020 elections: Most evangelicals want to play nice

By Aaron Earls - Posted at Baptist Press:

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most American evangelicals believe Jesus' Golden Rule -- "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" -- applies to politics. Some, however, see the political realm leading up to the 2020 elections as no place for niceness, according to a new study.

A LifeWay Research study sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC) conducted in November of 2018 explored the perspectives of American evangelicals on civility, politics, media consumption and how likely they are to engage with views different from their own.

"The results of this polling project were occasionally encouraging, frequently surprising and in some cases very much indicting," said Russell Moore, president of the ERLC. "What this polling clearly shows is that there are forces driving the church apart from one another. That shouldn't surprise us. But it should convict us."


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