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ELCA clergy and lay politics differ

A survey funded by the Luther Institute at Gettysburg (Pa.) College and Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, found a "significant gap" between political attitudes of ELCA clergy and laity. In 2006, ELCA clergy were predominantly liberal. Laity was evenly split between political liberals and conservatives, with nearly half self-identifying as "moderate," "somewhat liberal" or "somewhat conservative." By 2009 attitudes among the clergy shifted further to the political left and fewer self-identified as moderates. Here are the survey results.


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Richard

Richard

Posted at 4:36 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/28/2009

Wow, who would have ever thought such a thing. The sad part of this reporting is, its presented as though no one ever knew this before. Ever since the merger moderate, or God help us conservative voices, have been all but shut out of the ELCA. Our generational teachings of the Bible have been replaced by political correctness and pandering. We have watched hundreds of thousands of our fellow Lutherans flee the ELCA  because they no longer felt they had a religious home that cared for them. If anyone is in doubt all we need to do is look at the Bishops we've had since the beginning. All of them are ultra liberals and make no effort to hide it. The sexual vote is not the beginning of the end for the ELCA. That started years ago with CCM and every other socialist and politically correct agenda  that came along.  

Nathan

Nathan

Posted at 11:07 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/28/2009

It seems that in this time of belt tightening a better use of funds could have been thought up. The survey results are equal to the same as asking if a cow gives milk. The answer is obvious and some what insulting. Both seminarys could have simply polled their facilty. It is a requirement that college leadership be liberal especially at the vast majority of ELCA education  facilities. If a future or confirmed Pastor displays anything other than liberalism, he or she is an outcast from the vast majority of church leadership. This attitude is then brought to the congregations and they better tow the line or else This does not go un-noticed by a growing population of ELCA membership. Illegal immigration, same sex unions and a host of other liberal agendas are the new standards the ELCA want to be identified as championing.The end result is a mass exodus of once Lutherans looking for a new church home. I completely agree that any voice or idea other than the most extreme liberals are ignored or worse chastised by those who work at any synod or our national leadership.



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