I will admit that I haven’t had a chance to fully explore How Would Jesus Vote?: A Christian Perspective on the Issues, but I thought it was timely, so I will offer up some information from the publisher, and then a few of my own thoughts.
From the publisher:
The 2008 election is shaping up to be one of the most important political contests in American history. In fact, Dr. D. James Kennedy believes it will be a watershed moment that could impact our very survival as a nation under God.
Values voters—people whose political views and votes are based on their faith in God—are being targeted as never before. As the campaign season moves forward, the significant players will debate terrorism, radical Islam, nuclear threats, global warming, social issues, gay marriage, immigration, education, health care, and many other essential issues that can create sharp ideological divisions.
Into this overwhelmingly complex political situation, Dr. Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe bring a clear, compelling, and nonpartisan exploration of what God’s Word has to say on these critical matters. How Would Jesus Vote? isn’t intended to tell readers which candidates to support; rather it offers a Christ-centered understanding of the world to help readers draw their own political conclusions.
As I said, I haven’t had time to read much of this book, but when my husband saw it lying around, he did read a good bit of it. He is a Bible-believing Christian, but doesn’t just swallow the rhetoric of the religious right without question, and as he was reading, I didn’t see any eye-rolling or hear any groans, so I trust that it’s a fairly balanced approach.
Beyond how we decide to vote for President next week, the way that Kennedy and Newcombe approach the issues will help Christians in deciding their Biblical stance on certain issues. A chapter is devoted to the following, which includes a description on the current situation in our country, what the Bible says about that issue, and a conclusion (which is written with a strong slant from the author’s personal conviction taking all these things into consideration).
- Life and Death (abortion, stem cells etc)
- the Death Penalty
- Economic Concerns
- The Environment
- Immigration and Racial Issues
- and more