On Thursday (July 8), the Pew Research Center released its results of a massive study looking at sermons preached ahead of the 2020 election. Pew examined sermon references to the election, racism, and COVID-19. Their database was huge. They pulled 12,832 sermons from 2,143 congregations across the U.S. delivered between Aug. 31 and Nov. 8, 2020.
The study’s findings offer interesting insights worth careful consideration. In this bonus issue of A Public Witness, we will briefly outline what Pew discovered and what it could teach us about preaching politics.