Thursday, January 05, 2023

Faith On The Hill-- Congress Mostly "Christian?"

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Christians will make up an overwhelming majority of those serving in the House and Senate during the 118th Congress, according to a new analysis from The Pew Research Center.

In a report titled, “Faith on the Hill,” the polling organization explores 534 of the 535 members’ religious affiliations, finding 88% of Congress in the 2023-2024 session self-identifies with some form of Christianity. The 535th member, Congressman-elect Donald McEachin, died before taking office and will be replaced in a February special election.

These religious demographics are noteworthy, considering just 63% of Americans call themselves Christian. Thus, the percentage of Christians in Congress outpaces the proportion of citizens claiming the same religious designation.

Be informed, not misled.

A closer look.

Pew says this in their survey titled, "Faith On The Hill": 

As it begins its 118th session, the U.S. Congress remains largely untouched by two trends that have long marked religious life in the United States: a decades-long decline in the share of Americans who identify as Christian, and a corresponding increase in the percentage who say they have no religious affiliation.

Since 2007, the share of Christians in the general population has dropped from 78% to its present level of 63%. Nearly three-in-ten U.S. adults now say they are religiously unaffiliated, describing themselves as an atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular,” up from 16% who did not identify with a religion 16 years ago. But Christians make up 88% of the voting members of the new 118th Congress being sworn in on Jan. 3 – only a few percentage points lower than the Christian share of Congress in the late 1970s. In the 96th Congress, which was in session in 1979-1980, 91% of members of Congress identified as Christian.

Just like in recent sessions, only one member of the new Congress – Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, independent of Arizona – identifies as religiously unaffiliated. Another (Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman of California) describes himself as a humanist, and 20 are categorized as having unknown religious affiliations. 

The profile of our "Christian" Congress

I found denominational percentages and designations quite interesting, with Protestants outpacing other religious cohorts.

“There are 303 Protestants in the new Congress, an increase of six from the previous Congress and the first time in four sessions (since 2015-2016) that the number has topped 300,” Pew noted in its report. “The new Congress has 148 Catholics, 10 fewer than the 117th.”

Despite the decrease, Catholics still comprise about 28% of Congress, outpacing the 21% of Americans who identify as Catholic.

Meanwhile, there are nine members in Congress of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, eight Orthodox Christians, and one Messianic Jew.

Just 65 members of Congress are not Christian. Among those cohorts, 33 are Jewish, accounting for 6% of Congress and outpacing the 3% of Americans who call themselves Jewish.

Among the non-Christians, there are also three Muslims, two Buddhists, one religiously unaffiliated, and one humanist.

An additional 20 members of Congress have “unknown religious affiliations,” according to Pew.

Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., described himself as a humanist. Huffman also said he was “the token humanist in Congress” when he spoke via videotaped remarks to the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual convention in October.

"Christian," yes. Some are asking just how "Christian?"

I think we are aware that not all "Christians" hold biblical views on many of the most important social issues.

We have become accustomed to hearing President Biden define himself as a "devout" Catholic, while he continuously pushes laws and policies that stand in absolute contradiction to God's Word.

Abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, and same-sex "marriage" are among some of the president's most favored "rights." Yet these "rights" stand in absolute contradiction to Scripture.

When cornered, the president explains that he agrees with the Bible personally, but as a public servant, he cannot force his beliefs on others---meaning the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual activists, etc.

And this kind of hypocrisy is not just found in Biden and Pelosi, but among other "Christian" politicians as well. Not all...but too many want the vote and contribution of biblical Christians, without the baggage of their biblical beliefs.

Nancy Pelosi's Christianity is a mirror image of Joe Biden's Christianity.

A recent example of the effect of this kind of hypocritical "Christianity" in public leadership is that the CDC's newest report shows that Abortion is the leading cause of death worldwide. 

Biden's profession of Christianity is so appalling to his own church, he has been asked by Church leadership to stop identifying himself as a devout Catholic.

He was not invited to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's funeral. The White House said not attending was in line with the wishes of the Vatican---"This is what their requests were."


Yesterday I quoted Founding Father Samuel Adams. His comment bears repeating: "The public cannot be too curious about the character of public men."

More importantly, Jesus spoke very clearly about this issue in Matthew 7:

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Engaged.