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Teleios Research Evaluates Christian News Articles and Their Calls to Social Action
This study found 44 articles that reported a recent effort or future call for Christians to resolve a social problem. In 25 instances the issue resolution was a faith-based call to action which included generally: an individual response (n=14), prayer (n=7) or church-based action (n=4).
In contrast, in 19 instances there was a call for the government or the United Nations to resolve a problem including: suggestions for legal, legislative or regulatory action (n=10); or urging the government to act by individual, or groups of Christians (n=9). In two instances a spiritual based response(s) was also included (prayer twice and church planting once).
The study showed that in most instances when Christian based social issues arise, church leaders usually will promote a faith-based response. However, Christians often also seek the government, courts or an international global body to enforce change. When this route is suggested less consideration is given to a public spiritual response.
These results may suggest that Christians generally encourage faith-based responses to social issues. However, when Christians perceive government action is needed they may be less inclined to encourage a faith-based response.
More findings from Teleios Research are on our website (http://www.teleiosresearch.com/
WC Stewart, JA Stewart, S Brogan, LA Nelson
About Teleios - Teleios is a non-profit foundation that seeks to demonstrate the truth of scripture and the Christian faith through scientific methods by providing evidence for the positive results of a biblically-based lifestyle. Prior studies conducted by Teleios have shown that the practice of the Christian faith (praise, prayer, fellowship, service and Bible study) and security of salvation increases well-being while reducing guilt.