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How Many Christians are Now in Congress? The Answer Might Surprise You

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The newly sworn-in US Congress underwent a survey to determine how many of its members are Christian.

Interestingly, the Pew Research survey found that, as in years past, Congress is overwhelmingly Christian, but with some caveats.

“91% describe themselves as Christians. This is nearly the same percentage as in the 87th Congress (1961 to 1962, the earliest years for which comparable data are available), when 95% of members were Christian,” the Pew report noted.

That is surprising, considering that the US population increasingly views itself as non-religious. Christians remain a majority, but their percentage is dwindling.

Of course, what it means to be a Christian differs from person to person.

Many of the members of Congress who identify as Christian are not necessarily practicing Christians.

And this is where the results start to split down party lines.

“Among the 293 Republicans elected to serve in the new, 115th Congress, all but two identify as Christians; there are two Jewish Republicans – Lee Zeldin of New York and David Kustoff of Tennessee – who both serve in the House,” the Pew report noted.

On the Democrats’ side of the aisle:

“The 242 Democrats in Congress include 28 Jews, three Buddhists, three Hindus, two Muslims and one Unitarian Universalist – as well as the only member of Congress to describe herself as religiously unaffiliated, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. In addition, all 10 members of Congress who decline to state their religious affiliation are Democrats.”

In other words, Republicans are far more likely to be practicing Evangelical Christians who let their faith influence their decisions in government.

Source: The Christian Post

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