Christians View America as World Leader But Disagree on Race, Survey Shows

Christians View America as World Leader But Disagree on Race, Survey Shows

July 6, 2020

TUPELO, Miss.—Practicing Christians overwhelmingly believe the United States is a Christian nation and world leader, even while opinions of racism in America widely differ, Barna reported last week.

Of the 2,889 adults surveyed, 87% view the U.S. as a leader on the world stage, with a majority believing the U.S. has “been blessed” and “chosen” by God. Meanwhile practicing Christians are divided in their perception of whether the U.S. has a race problem. Just 38% of white practicing Christians believe race problems plague the country, compared to 78% of black practicing Christians.

“American Christians are understandably proud of their country’s global leadership,” said Walker Wildmon, vice president of operations at American Family Association (AFA, “At the same time, Christians must continue to love their neighbors, speak the truth in love, and listen in love, especially on the divisive subject of race relations.

“Both white and black practicing Christians should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, as the apostle James wrote to the early church. Above all, we must speak the truth—and only the truth—in love.”

The July 1, 2020, Barna article referenced survey data collected in 2019.

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