Democratic Senator Admits Some Liberal Politicians Feel Too 'Embarrassed' to Share Their Faith

| MAR 7, 2018 | 10:55 PM
Chris Coons

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A Democratic senator admitted this week some of his liberal colleagues feel too “embarrassed” to share their faith and how it impacts their politics.

In a joint interview with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told “Church Politics” podcast host Michael Wear that he fears many progressive Christians feel they can't discuss their religious beliefs, according to The Christian Post.

“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:

"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.

[I think] many of their constituents would be very surprised to hear their deeply held religious views and how, in particular, the radical justice that the Gospel focuses on is really what motivated them to be involved in service in the first place."

During the podcast, the Delaware lawmaker urged his fellow politicians to “bring their faith to work,” as he does. It's worth noting Coons said in 2017 that his Christian faith is “part of what motivates me to keep fighting for the Affordable Care Act.”

He penned a column for The Atlantic at the time in which he called out the progressive left for “steadily mov[ing] away from communities of faith.”

Conversely, according to the 2017 Pew Research Center report Coons cited, 75 percent of conservative and conservative-leaning Republicans and 68 percent of moderate to liberal Republicans believe churches and religious organizations have a “positive impact” on society.

Lankford and Coons are the co-chairs for the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast.

Lankford has long been very outspoken about his Christian beliefs. In late February, he spoke to students during Liberty University's weekly convocation service, urging them to put God first in everything they do.

“The most radical decision you can make any morning is to get up and say, 'Today, God, I want to follow you,'” he said. “My question is, 'Are you willing to trust God that much today? Are you willing to take that risk?'”

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