But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… – Matthew 5:44 (NIV)
Gallup polling has released their list of “Morally Acceptable Issues” and how they rate. They asked people “Regardless of whether you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.”
The “Highly acceptable” list was short:
Birth Control came in with 89% believing it was highly acceptable.
The “Largely acceptable” list was longer:
Sex between an unmarried man and woman-67
Having a baby outside of marriage-62
Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos-60
Gay or lesbian relations-60
The death penalty-59
Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur-59
The “Contentious” list contained these three hot-button items:
Medical testing on animals – 53
Doctor-assisted suicide -53
The “Largely unacceptable” list:
Sex between teenagers-37
The “Highly unacceptable” list:
Married men and women having an affair-10
The report has been compiled for the last 15 years. Gallup also breaks it down by politics, showing how Republicans, Democrats, and Independents feel.
Americans’ willingness to describe many issues as morally acceptable has grown since 2001, namely for gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between unmarried people. On other issues, including abortion, cloning animals and wearing clothing made of animal fur, there has been little to no change in the past 15 years.
Read the whole report from Gallup by clicking HERE.
For me, the acceptance of gay and lesbian relations has been one of the most interesting issues to watch. It’s been amazing (and good) that it’s become more acceptable. I think it’s good because I’m not one to try and tell you what to do in your bedroom. I sure don’t want my government to tell you what you can do in your bedroom, either.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. – John 13:34-35 (NIV)