While few churches openly announce the political leanings of their members, many churches are comprised of members with similar political viewpoints. What are some drawbacks to this practice, and what might be gained from living our faith out within a more diverse body of believers?
This is the sixth installment in the “Segregating Worship Series,” and you can read my articles about Exploring Gender here, Worship Segregation here, Music Style Segregation here, Racial Segregation here, and Economic Segregation here.
In this continued series on the segregation of America’s churches, we explore the topic of political alignment as it relates to church participation. Among many churchgoers, the political persuasions of their worship-going peers are assumed to be like their own. Furthermore, in some congregations, correct political views are closely connected to being the “right” kind of Christian. For example, I have participated in guest leadership in churches in which members automatically assumed that my mere presence in their congregation assumed my political views.