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
Managing Editor Jennifer Donovan is a contributing editor at 5 Minutes for Mom. She has been blogging at Snapshot for over two years.
Public Agenda says
Great post. It’s great to see bloggers sharing information that brings to light important issues like health care as we approach next week’s election. While it is only one of many social and economic components that weigh into this election, health care, without a doubt, an important and complex one. It is an issue that spans all races, religions and social boundaries. Here at Public Agenda we’ve put together another
informative, non-partisan guide that focuses on the facts and on the plethora of perspectives surrounding the health care debate in
America. Be sure to check it out at
http://publicagenda.org/citizen/electionguides/healthcare and feel free to contact us with any questions.
This book sounds fantastic…I know my husband would love it for sure. Thanks so much for the review.