You guys know me. So you know I’m actively involved in my faith, my community and current politics. In other words, I’m just your average TEA Partying Bitter Clinger.
When given the opportunity to review How Should Christians Vote? by Tony Evans for Moody Publishers, even though the “How Should Christians Vote?” question is one that I feel I am thoroughly well versed on, I figured it would be fun to check out what this book had to say. Also, if it turned out to be a sound read, it wouldn’t hurt to have some handy references to share when talking to Christians who are, well, not quite as sure on the question.
You will never hear a more self-righteous, “How dare you question my Christianity?!” than you will from someone actively voting pro-choice, for same sex marriage, for church rights infringements, or for some other cause that flies blatantly into the face of God’s values.
One event that comes to mind specifically was over Easter weekend last year. Some of you may remember the mass Facebook “cause” for gay marriage that went viral. A lot of my friends who claim to be followers of Christ were dutifully falling into line, changing their Facebook profile pictures to the red equal sign, conforming their views to the ways of the world. Ya know, exactly as we’re commanded NOT to do in Scripture.
The irony is that while they spent a solid week thumbing their noses at God’s values, they then proceeded to celebrate His Resurrection the following week.
When I spoke out for God’s principles and values on the issue, I was met with pompous and condescending comments from some supposed “brothers and sisters in Christ”, sporting a take on God and government that better suits the Antagonistic Crazy Loons Unleashed (isn’t that what ACLU stands for?), with modern reinterpretations of Christian duty that ultimately keeps faith removed from the public square.
Clearly, there is some confusion in the body of Christ on how Christians should vote. But is this the book to set everyone straight?
About This Book
Christians are a large and influential voting bloc today. But as each governmental election approaches, an increasing polarity occurs within those claiming the Christian faith. This comes as a result of party-voting rather than voting according to Biblical mandates and authority. To refocus correctly, Dr. Tony Evans goes back to the basics and teaches on how God established government as a divine institution whose tasks include promoting the well-being of those within its realm and protection from evil.
Scripture trumps all political alliances making the voting decision a critical opportunity for Christians to promote God’s Word and His values through whom they elect. In the face of increasing emotions the Christians representing God’s Kingdom values should communicate His truths in a manner reflective of the King – in a gracious and strategic way. Dr. Evans also looks at the necessary qualities in a good candidate which include intellect, education, competency, skill and spiritual beliefs – whether certain issues are non-negotiables, and how a responsible citizen is to research a candidates’ position in order to evaluate it against God’s Word.
Tony Evans is the founder and president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry dedicated to restoring hope in personal lives, families, churches, and communities. Dr. Evans also serves as senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. He is a bestselling author of numerous books, and his radio program, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, is heard on more than 500 stations every day.
My Thoughts On This Book
In a nutshell, this book is amazing!
Only 83 pages long, Evans has that rare gift of being able to say a lot while saying very little. Articulate and well worded, each page is simple, strong, and full of truth, referencing Scripture without sounding preachy. For what some can perceive as a complex issue, Evans breaks the concept of the Christian vote down into an easy to read and easy to understand format.
If there was a fundraiser going to get this book into every church and preached from every pulpit and taught in every small group, I would be emptying my pockets for that cause. I am not even kidding.
Evans takes on foundational questions such as: What does the Bible say about the role and responsibilities of government? How can we be salt and light when our political systems fail us? Should we submit to candidates we didn’t vote for? What if we don’t know who to choose, or worse – what if there is no good choice?
Evans doesn’t pressure you to check this box or that, but he does equip his readers with solid biblical principles that will challenge you to vote with a kingdom perspective – to be informed, compassionate, and aware of who is really in charge.
The bottom line that Evans repeatedly drives home, is that the Bible should be the ONLY source of authority for the believer. We should vote for the candidate based on whose opinions best reflect the teachings of the Bible. As Evan’s says in his introduction: “Every question facing us today has two answers: God’s answer and everyone else’s.”
Evans also believes that as Christians we have the privilege, the right, and the God given responsibility to vote.
Engaging, compelling and quick, and easy to read, this is a must-read book that EVERY church should have in their lending library. It gets 5 stars from this gal!
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