Barna Report Shows Most Christians and Pastors Believe in Showing Mercy to Others, But Don’t Show It in Their Words and Actions

The predominantly African-American megachurch Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the predominantly Caucasian megachurch Brentwood Baptist Church co-host a charity event in the Nashville area on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
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Nearly two-thirds of Christians and about four out of five pastors believe that mercy influences their daily behavior, according to findings from a recent Barna Group study.

In a report released Tuesday, Barna found that 63 percent of Christians say mercy influences their everyday decisions, while 83 percent of pastors said the same.

“However, another four-in-10 Christians are less likely to characterize their words and actions as merciful. It remains part of their belief, but they either don’t really think about it that much, or it simply doesn’t influence their actions,” stated Barna.

“The apathy in this sizeable minority is reason for concern among a faith group that professes a commitment to a merciful God.”

For the research, Barna interviewed 1,502 practicing Christians via an online survey and 515 Protestant senior pastors via online and telephone surveys from April 12 – May 2, with a sample error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

A study detailing all their findings on forgiveness and mercy is scheduled for release in spring of next year, according to Barna. Author Jack Alexander aided in the research.

In late July, Alexander had a book published titled The God Impulse: The Power of Mercy in an Unmerciful World, which focused on the topic of “biblical mercy.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski