In a recent interview with Religion News Service, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, shared that he is “a bit” frustrated with fellow evangelicals who have hesitated or refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Last month a new survey from the Public Religion Institute called “The 2020 Census of American Religion” claimed that Mainline churches in America have experienced a dramatic recovery. According to this survey of 50,000 Americans, Mainline Protestants grew from 13 percent of the population five years ago to over 16 percent in 2020. Meanwhile, evangelicals seem to have entered a rapid decline, tumbling from 23 percent of the U.S. population in 2006 to just 14 percent in 2020.
When Paul wrote that “the greatest of all is love,” he was not mouthing a romantic cultural idea. He was pointing out the supreme divine virtue that is strong enough to hold together our diverse, global movement. Love is our theological superpower in a world — and church — riven by divisiveness, hate, religious extremism, political polarization, racism, genocide, health crises, and poverty.