By Napp Nazworth
The National Association of Evangelicals conducted a poll of its member pastors and found that 62.5 percent oppose U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war.
“Should Congress authorize direct U.S. military intervention in Syria?” the survey asked. Only 37.5 percent answered “yes,” NAE President Leith Anderson announced in a statement to Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service.
The National Association of Evangelicals represents 40 evangelical Christian denominations and over 45,000 local churches. Not all evangelical denominations are NAE members, though.
The largest evangelical denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, for instance, is not a member. So, the views of Southern Baptist pastors would not be included in the results. (Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, does not support a military strike against Syria.)
Anderson does not take a definite position himself on the issue in his statement. Rather, he outlines several reasons that the issue is difficult and that evangelical pastors are in disagreement.