Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware recently revealed his concern that too many people in his party are “embarrassed” to openly share how their faith motivates political perspective and action.
Coons also said on the Church Politics podcast that he believes many constituents would also be shocked to learn just how deep some Democrats’ religious views go, particularly when it comes to the gospel and how it motivates these politicians.
“I am concerned, frankly, that more and more Democrats feel embarrassed about or uncomfortable with sharing anything about their faith and how it connects to their service,” Coons said on the Church Politics podcast.
He continued, “Some of the most progressive members of the Senate, members I’m very close to, don’t ever talk about how it was their experience of faith, when they were children, that motivated them to get into public service and politics in the first place.”
Coons added that “constituents would be very surprised” to see just how deep these views run and how the gospel motivates many of these Democrats to service.
The congressman appeared on the podcast alongside Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma — his co-chair for the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast, The Christian Post reported.
Lankford spoke about the weekly Bible studies that Democrats and Republicans in the Senate take part in, explaining that these private events allow for people on both sides of the aisle to get to know one another.
And these personal interactions end up transforming the ways in which political foes interact.
“That does change the dynamic of the conversations. When you get to know someone, their background, what drives them, who they are as a person, you get to know more about their family, it does affect it,” Lankford said. “It is very easy in normal political life to demonize an individual based on how they vote and you just try to create a persona that’s not real.”
But the Bible studies help move beyond that, he said.
(H/T: Christian Post)