Religion and politics don’t mix. That is wrong, but often spoken. Look at U.S. churches and synagogues, which are largely either red or blue these days. Politics and religion are deeply mixed in reality.
And yet, the statement that religion and politics don’t mix is probably meant to say they shouldn’t mix, and to state a deep discomfort with the fact that religion often masks agendas that have more to do with special interests than with faith.
I think what is usually meant by saying that religion and politics don’t mix is that religion and partisanship should not mix. People with different political philosophies used to openly worship together. But today there are many who see those who vote and speak differently as evil or ignorant. We call it polarization and it definitely affects our churches.
I saw some Pew research results that showed that 31% of the people in the…
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