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Red Letter Christians: A Citizen's Guide to Faith and Politics Hardcover – January 2, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; First Edition edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830745297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830745296
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

From Red Letter Christians:

Challenging the popular image of Evangelicals is one of the purposes of this book. I want it to be known that there are millions of us who espouse an evangelical theology, but who reject being classified as part of the Religious Right. We don’t want to make Jesus into a Republican.

On the other hand, we want to say loud and clear that we don’t want to make Jesus in a Democrat, either.

Early twentieth-century playwright and social critic George Bernard Shaw once said that God created us in His image—and we decided to return the favor! Clearly there are those on the Religious Right who would make Jesus into a Republican and an incarnation of their political values. And on the other side of the aisle, there are those who would make Jesus into a Democrat who espouses their particular liberal agenda.

But Jesus refuses to fit into any of our political ideologies. Transcending partisan politics, Jesus calls us to make judgments about social issues as best we can when we vote, and to do so in accord with our best understanding of God’s will. In doing so, we are to avoid partisan politics that lead to unnecessary, unproductive and even dangerous divisions.

At election time when you are asked, “Are you a Democrat or a Republican?” your answer should be, “Name the issue!” On any specific social or political issue, we must be ready and willing to work out which party and/or candidate best represents our convictions.

This, of course, will make voting into a difficult decision-making process. But who said following Jesus was easy?

From the Back Cover

Over the past couple of decades, Evangelical Christians have been associated with the Religious Right and the most conservative positions of the Republican Party. Rebelling against this designation are those who prefer to be called “Red Letter Christians,” desiring to live out the red letters of Jesus’ words in the New Testament.  Believing that Jesus is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, Red Letter Christians transcend partisan politics and concentrate on issues viewed critically through a moral and biblical lens.

Into this arena of thought steps Tony Campolo, the powerful evangelist known for his passionate and prophetic sharing of the radical message of Jesus.  In this book, Campolo examines many of the hot-button issues facing Evangelicals from the perspective of Jesus’ red-letter words in the Bible. These include the environment, war, the AIDS crisis, Palestine, education, gun control, the role of government and choosing the right kind of candidate. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, Campolo will make you think, pray and act.

Tony writes this book with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other, reminding us that our faith must affect how we live in this world. This book is not just about how to vote in November…it is about how we vote every single day.
SHANE CLAIBORNE
Urban Monastic, Activist, Red Letter Christian and Author of Jesus for President

With “Campolian” passion and insight, Red Letter Christians prods, challenges, questions, invites and instructs us to be people who love and live the words of Jesus.
BRIAN MCLAREN
Author (brianmclaren.net)

With the maturity and depth only an elder statesman can provide, Tony Campolo brings his acute moral clarity to issues ranging from abortion to environmental stewardship, global poverty to gay marriage and everything in between. Campolo knows that people of faith should not be in the pocket of any political party—that God is not a Republican or a Democrat.
JIM WALLIS
Author of God’s Politics

More About the Author

Tony Campolo (Ph.D., Temple University) is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, a media commentator on religious, social, and political matters, and the author of a dozen books, including Revolution and Renewal, Let me Tell You a Story, and 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to touch.

Customer Reviews

You can't miss with this thought provoking book.
Jana L. Fournier
Individuals, churches, and other non-profits do much more Compolo seeks a larger role of government, despite our national debt and tax rates already being oppressive.
Objective
So much more thoughtful than those ultra-conservative right-wing wackos who act more like pharisees than Christians.
A. Fry

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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hall on May 2, 2008
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Coming from a Massachusetts Northeast liberal, a book by a Evangelical Baptist Minister might not be a perfect read. Yet Tony Campolo has put together a remarkably adept book that puts faith into perspective when addressing political action. The result is a powerful book that may best be summed up by Campolo's opening statement: "when people ask a Christian are they a Democrat or a Republican, you should reply: what's the issue?"

Clearly the Bible has been subverted too often to satisfy the needs and agenda of a small minority. Campolo carefully examines the words of Jesus to present a powerful argument that faith based politics is neither the exclusive realm of Democrats or Republicans. His arguments are so well reasoned, in almost every case, he is able to present two sides of the issue convincingly, the lone exception being capital punishment (which he argues Christ would be adamantly against.) Further, Campolo argues that the focus should be on the "Red Letter" words of Christ as Jesus often contradicted (realigned might be a better word) edicts that were found in the Old Testament (example, Jesus countermanded Moses approval of polygamy).

Too often it seems, evangelicals seem to base their political choices and ideas on elements found within the Old Testament while simultaneously professing their adherence to the teachings of Christ. Campolo makes a valid argument that the focus ought to be on the words and actions of Jesus, rather than the events that happened in the Old Testament. This isn't to say he rejects the Old Testament, early in his book, he affirms it as the written word of God, but he does move the focus onto the relevancy of the New Testament.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Yacenda on March 3, 2009
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Campolo and his Red Letter Christians base their political views on interpretations of the teachings of Jesus. They believe Jesus, if he voted today, would be neither a Republican or a Democrat; his vote would depend on the issues. I love how Campolo's opinions as well as the opposition's are explained with all due respect... no insults or rude comments or arrogance! His view on the pro-life issue is especially radical... just like Jesus.
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30 of 43 people found the following review helpful By California Theo on January 18, 2008
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Campolo has proven once again that when we Christians actually pay attention to the teaching and message of Jesus the voices of the status quo will come along and say, enough with these "platitudes." We American Christians push Jesus off to the side and carefully keep him marginalized. The Romans disliked his message so much they killed him.

Campolo's work asks us to take the teaching of Jesus and put it in the middle of the culture in which we exist. We don't know if it will work because we've never really tried it.

As always, Campolo's effort here is filled with sit and wisdom. It is a remarkable call from an evangelical to the USA to "follow" Jesus.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lapsrus on August 17, 2009
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Tony Campolo is an E Coast pastor with a heart for the less fortunate, the people in uncomfortable situations, the people with conflicted consciences. He points out how far we have gotten from how Jesus would have ministered to those people and how we can get back to the kinder, gentler ways without having to compromise our own values.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Matherly on May 28, 2009
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Tony Campolo's political views are compassionate and based on the words of Jesus. I finally feel that I am not alone.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ML2 on December 25, 2009
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I've been using this book with a weekly gathering of eight people who meet to discuss our Christian
faith and how to live it out in practical ways. This book gives a perspective about modern issues in politics and sociology that is often overlooked in the more typical focus on Christian morality.
I recommend it as a good springboard to shaping a broader perspective on Jesus' mandate to love God and love your neighbor.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By June Hertenstein on July 29, 2009
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Good Book....Excellent for discussion groups, the issues in this book are issues many of us are interested in and a sharing of views and experiences is really helpful.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kolburt W. Schultz on July 2, 2010
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Anyone who is looking for a balanced view of the issues of faith and politics should be a little nervous when the book they are going to read holds the endorsements of Shane Claiborne, Brian Mclaren, and Jim Wallis, three of the most far left activists in American Christianity. Put that with the author's own reputation as the patriarch of the Religious Left, and expectations for balance are all but gone. However, Tony Campolo's Red Letter Christians is one of those rare exceptions where, despite the author's own political bias, the reader is treated to a balanced, charitable, and scripturally supported treatise on Christian civic engagement.

Campolo has long been an advocate of social justice and a progressive political agenda. But in Red Letter Christians he widens his focus to address a myriad of topics, ranging from war and Palestine to gun control and campaign finance reform. The title is taken from a growing movement on the Religious Left to redefine themselves as "Red Letter Christians," indicating their marching orders come from the words of Jesus (usually printed in red) in the New Testament. While the implication is clearly that their political opponents do not listen to Jesus--as Wallis and Claiborne have often stated--Campolo's tone is neither accusatory or condescending, with the only exceptions being the chapters on gun control and gay rights where his ideology clouds his ability to present a balanced argument.

It is precisely the issue of balance, however, that leaves the reader with an uplifting and beneficial experience. Perhaps the clearest example of this is Campolo's chapter on the war in Iraq. Instead of participating in the shallow mudslinging of calling George W.
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