A deeper look at the question of who considers abortion a sin and the significance of it

By Dave Andrusko

Elsewhere today, we reposted a fine story written by James Risdon headlined “Nearly 60% of Millennials consider abortion a sin, new poll says.”

I’d like to probe a little deeper into The “2018 State of Theology” survey conducted for Ligonier Ministries. LifeWay Research “interviewed a demographically balanced online panel of 3,000 American adults.” The survey was taken between April 24 and May 4.

The top takeaway, for us, is that 52% of Americans agreed with the statement that abortion is a sin. Just 38 % disagreed. In a comparable 2016 survey, 49% said abortion is a sin. A slight improvement but encouraging none the less.

And as you would expect, 79% of regular church goers say abortion is a sin.

But going forward, the even more hopeful note is which demographic most agreed: Millennials. As Risdon noted

According to the survey, pro-life support is strongest among the 18- to 34-year-old age group, which expressed 57 percent support for the idea that abortion is a sin. Millennial support is growing, up from 50 percent only two years ago.

(You have to dig into what’s called “Data Explorer” to find these numbers.)

Also to the question, “Christians should remain silent on issues of politics,” only 35% agreed. That is significant since the closer we get to November 6, the more pro-abortionists will tell Christians they ought not to be involved.

One other very important point. There is this commentary under the heading “age”:

The survey picks up some fascinating, and perhaps unexpected, results in the Millennial (18–34) age range. The views of Millennials will eventually shape the future of America. The 2018 results indicate strong confusion among Millennials, and it will be important to monitor these trends in future surveys.

There has been a significant change for the better among Millennials across a range of questions when compared to previous State of Theology surveys—so much so that they score higher than any other age group in several areas. Whether this is an anomaly or will continue unabated in future years remains to be seen.

What that means is if you look at all the questions, there have been (and continue to clearly be) changes away what was not so long ago considered orthodoxy, including on the broader issue of sexual ethics.

But that is not true on abortion, as we discussed on dozens of occasions. Whatever opinions people of faith (or no faith) have on other controversial topics, they (including Millennials) understand there is a categorical difference with abortion because it takes the life of a developing member of the human family.