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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802404790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802404794
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is one of our favorite questions - is God a Republican or a Democrat?

Many, if not most, Christians begin with the wrong question of who they should vote for rather than the more important question of how they should vote. Asking the correct question is fundamental to knowing how to arrive at the correct answer.

Scriptural principles exist for both our personal and our political quandaries. We should be willing to dig deep to find them and move away from voting based on tradition or mere preferences.

Dr. Tony Evans takes on foundational questions of a Christian approach to politics.
· 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 won't pressure you to check this box or that, but he will equip you with solid biblical principles that will challenge you to vote with a kingdom perspective - informed, compassionate, and aware of who is really in charge.

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. --From the Back Cover --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Back Cover

It is one of our favorite questions: Is God a Republican or a Democrat?

"Many, if not most, Christians begin with the wrong question of who they should vote for rather than the more important question of how they should vote. Asking the correct question is fundamental to knowing how to arrive at the correct answer."

Scriptural principles exist for both our personal and our political quandaries. We should be willing to dig deep to find them and move away from voting based on tradition or mere preferences.

Dr. Tony Evans takes on foundational questions of a Christian approach to politics.

·         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 won't pressure you to check this box or that, but he will equip you with solid biblical principles that will challenge you to vote with a "kingdom perspective"-informed, compassionate, and aware of Who is really in charge.


More About the Author

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country's most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

The first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), he served as an associate professor in DTS' Pastoral Ministries Department in the areas of evangelism, homiletics and black church studies. He continues to serve DTS on the Board of Incorporate Members. Dr. Evans holds the rare honor of serving as chaplain for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks over the last three decades, the longest standing NBA chaplaincy on record. He also serves as chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys.

Through his local church and national ministry Dr. Evans promotes a Kingdom agenda philosophy that teaches God's comprehensive rule over every sphere of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church and society.

This philosophy connects biblical spirituality with social responsibility. Dr. Evans teaches that the church, not the government, is the best social service delivery system since it is closer to the needs of the people, offers the largest potential volunteer force, has facilities for outreach programs, and provides a moral and spiritual frame of reference for making right choices.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans' church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush's Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over 35 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to now over 9,000 congregants with 100 plus ministries.

Dr. Evans also serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in America through the church. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on close to 1000 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 130 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books include Kingdom Man, Kingdom Woman, How Should Christians Vote, Marriage Matters, Between a Rock and a Hard Place and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

Dr. Tony Evans is married to Lois, his wife and ministry partner of over 40 years. They are the proud parents of four children, all who serve in ministry: Chrystal Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony, and Jonathan as well as the proud grandparents of ten: Kariss, Jessica, Jackson, Jesse, III, Jerry, Jr., Kanaan, Jude, Joel, Kelsey, Jonathan II.

Dr. Evans has received many honors, including the Father of the Year award voted by the Dallas Father of the Year Committee and the Marian Pfister Anshutz Award for "dedication to protecting, encouraging, and strengthening the American family" from the Family Research Center.

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Dr. Evans makes a very good argument for the Biblical basis of a pro-life position.
Kurt H. Myrmel
Evans begins his book by saying we would all come to the Bible for answers on virtually everything except when it comes to the public square.
Kyle E. Mcdanell
We should vote for the candidate based on whose opinions best reflect the teachings of the Bible.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eric on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dr. Evans presents a good perspective on voting based on what the bible says rather than what the people say. We are all flawed, and as such our perspective on voting tends to be flawed as well. We vote based on the colour of our skin, area we live, culture we grew up in, and sadly who we (or our family) have traditionally voted for. Dr. Evans breaks down voting based on a biblical perspective relating to God's rule rather than that of Man. God has established a set of rules that every nation, even my home and Native land, should abide by the Bible. Evans' does a great job of showing that God isn't a democrat or republican, God didn't come to join a party but to take over. And it is the headship of a nation under God that is able to receive the full blessing from God. I don't believe that America is a "chosen" nation by any means, however a nation who is deeply rooted in seeking the will of their neighbour rather than themselves will see the fruit of that choice. I believe the West has lost it's neighbour, and Dr. Evans' does a good job of pointing the believer back to the Bible as the source of how Christians should vote. Our vote should be based on seeking the benefit of our neighbour's, strengthening families, and voting based on those principles rather than cultural norms. I vote that this book is worth the read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Randolph on June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The political books are coming out faster than most people can read them and most are along party lines or have a political agenda. Dr. Tony Evans has written a book, "How Should Christians Vote" which is dedicated to answering this very question. It does not matter what your political affiliation is if you consider yourself a believer in the word of God.
This is an important book written at a very important time; it explains why Christians cannot put their faith to the side when choosing political candidates. By sharing bible verses that present biblical principles in relation to such topics as abortion, health care and welfare the reader is given the tools to make the best possible decision when he goes to the voting booth. By explaining the four foundational forms of government (individual, family, church and then civil government) the reader can see how politicians can be a distraction to ones relationship with God.
I found this book, as all of Dr. Evans messages, to be informative, easy to read and understand and timely. It took me a day to read. I do not believe that a Christian, Democrat or Republican would find this book offensive in anyway though if you are a firm believer in separating your faith from your politics you may find this book difficult to digest.
I recommend this book to all Christians on all sides of the political aisle.
I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for a fair review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Christian Reviews on June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book takes the issue of voting and relates it to principles found in the Bible. You may not agree with all that Dr. Tony Evans says but he does well at backing up his ideas with scripture.

Who to vote for? What do you use as guidelines when making that decision? Whether it is for a local group or for you state Senator, each vote is important because you are putting the person in place that will help make the rules you will have to live by. Do you vote on personality or principle?

When reading this book be sure to read the scriptures for yourself and form you own opinions of Dr. Evans ideas. As a Christian you probably have certain principles you believe and do your best to adhere to. When you vote you are to remember those personal principles and vote for the candidate that complies with them the best.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on September 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
In How Should Christians Vote, Tony Evans teaches on how Christians can apply biblical principles to considering who to vote for.

The big strength of this book is that it emphasises God belongs to no political party and that rather than there being a good party and a bad party that every party will have some policies that are Godly and some that are not. I think this can sometimes get somewhat lost in some of the important discussions about big issues. Also helpful was the exploration of how different backgrounds and perspectives may lead Christians attempting to vote in a Godly manner to weight issues differently and as a result make different voting choices. More assuming the best of other people's political decision making as demonstrated here would go a long way towards lifting the tone of politics related discussion in the Christian community.

However, I think the political neutrality of the book was slipped a little bit in some of the discussions of small government verses more extensive government programs. While there is certainly a case for the government being not the best entity to do some things, the case is not nearly as simple as small government=Godly, big government=evil. Both are a lot more complex than that and can in practice turn out a variety of ways.

Another reservation I had about this book was the heavily American bias. Apart from the very extensive use of American examples, some of what he said seemed to be underpinned by the possibilities American Christians experience in regards to social and political influence.
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