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Evangelicals are often labeled right-wing, but is that always the case?

Reverend Alix Pridgen
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is located in Prairie Village.

Two evangelical Christians of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection explain how their political viewpoints stray from most evangelicals and conservatives.

Most conservatives identify as Christian, with evangelical Christians comprising the largest religious subgroup. However, some evangelicals align with liberal viewpoints on current issues.

The Rev. Alix Pridgen, a pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, and Cheryl Bender, a member of the church's congregation, joined Steve Kraske to talk religion and politics. They expressed support for causes like LGBTQ+ rights and environmental protection.

Their church still maintains a wide spectrum of political beliefs, and Pridgen does not tell her congregation how to feel about hot-button issues. Instead, she and Bender focus on civil discourse about social and political issues.

"Staying engaged is the only way we are going to work through our differences," Bender said. "We don't always agree and we just agree to disagree sometimes."

  • Reverend Alix Pridgen, pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
  • Cheryl Bender, congregant of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and VP of the church’s council
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