Judging from polls in many states, millennials are congregating around their preferred candidate: Bernie Sanders.
Watch a live-stream of a Sanders rally and you’ll see it’s true.
Young, diverse and ridden with debt, the under-30 crowd are flocking to the future that Sanders offers — they are traditionally leftist and pay heed to a figure that they find trustworthy. As a self-described political outsider and someone who in general seems to not care about his physical appearance, he’s the antithesis of his Democratic opponent and even draws honesty-seeking millennials from the clean-cut Republican options.
But here’s something to think about: How are Christian millennials voting in 2016? These under-30s are more likely raised Republican. Perhaps they went to a Christian high school. And now they go to college or work in offices where their peers hoist “A Future to Believe In” signs.
The fact of the matter is, Christian millennials are different than their churchgoing seniors and their voting behavior is proof.
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty details of issue-attention, millennials gravitate left. It’s a commonly known fact, but this year, the GOP stands at the edge of an even more drastic precipice, as it risks distancing itself from the 75.4 million millennials that it desperately needs to stay relevant.
On same sex marriage, Republican millennials are (perhaps surprisingly) split in half, with 49 percent for and 51 against, according to a recent poll. Nineteen percent of Republican seniors are for same-sex marriage. Since the overall bent of the Republican party is against laws in favor of same-sex marriage, the GOP is risking its biggest age-sorted voting bloc to stay true to rightist tradition.
Christian millennials are trending left along with their nonbelieving peers, but also going independent, like many others their age. The age group has been characterized as non-conforming when it comes to party ideals. Christian millennials in particular may be influenced by the fact that Jesus himself was a nonconformist — he challenged the culture and authorities of his day, influencing Christian millennials to question their traditional values.
Millennials are also labelled “independent” and “individualistic.” Homogeneity is the enemy. As an extremely diverse body of young people, the millennial Christian raises her/his eyebrow when s/he sees a church congregation made up of one race. Where do those Christians find their Biblical influence? Galatians 3:28 makes a good case for cultural diversity, and so churches and even perhaps the nation should reflect that goal.
The voting bloc of Christian millennials is a constantly changing mass, so there’s not a surefire way to pin down how they will vote. We’ll see where the largest age-sorted voting body takes us come Fall.