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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307729680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307729682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,391,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his final book, Kennedy, who died in September of this year, joins his Coral Ridge Ministries colleague Newcombe in proffering this biblical justification of their socially conservative position on issues important to their followers, including abortion, the death penalty, war, education and freedom of religion. Kennedy and Newcombe make provocative claims throughout. Regarding abortion, they cite a study that found that 99% of women who have had abortions now wish abortions were illegal. About allocation of government funds, they argue that money currently spent on school lunch programs would be better spent on national defense against jihadists. When discussing health care, they accuse England and the Netherlands, both countries with national health services, of killing babies and the elderly. Such remarks are paired with what Kennedy and Newcombe characterize as a humble search of the Scriptures, and each chapter ends with a summary of how the authors feel Jesus would have American Christians vote. While most of this book is standard conservative Christian fare, Kennedy and Newcombe give it a distinctive Calvinist flavor, focusing particularly on Calvin's belief that God has distributed this world's goods as he has seen fit, and that not all poor people are deserving of Christian charity.
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“Scripture commands us to ‘influence and occupy,’ to ‘expose the deeds of darkness,’ and to ‘let our light so shine.’  How does the Church do that without bringing a biblical worldview into the ‘marketplace of ideas’? In How Would Jesus Vote?, Dr. D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe brilliantly unravel the argument that Christians should not be involved in ‘politics.’  After finishing this book, dear reader, you will eagerly seek the next opportunity to take the Gospel out into the whole culture, including the political arena.”
Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host


“Dr. Kennedy is one of my personal heroes — a man of tremendous courage and faith with a great heart and vision for restoring America’s Godly heritage.  This book is a wake-up call to us, as individual believers and the church, to not stand on the sidelines, but to vigorously defend our faith and values in the public square.”
Alan Sears, President, CEO & General Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

There were chapters on other issues, but always the argument returned to Abortion.
J. Pearl
I think many honest Christians unconsciously mistake a cultural influence toward conservatism for a scriptural position without really examining it.
J. SHARP
I think that the book has some things to offer but I don't know that I would buy it again.
C. Mattern

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kristadm on January 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The authors go out of their way to say that clearly Jesus is not on one political side or the other, but then the conclusion at the end of each issue is that Jesus would indeed vote in the way that is typically conservative -- or Republican.
At one point the authors insinuate that if we weren't wasting so much money on social programs for the poor then we would have enough money to protect our country and win the war more effectively. Aak! My blood pressure is going up just thinking about it again!
I've read other books that argue biblically that Jesus would probably vote the opposite way, so really, all these books are just finding a way to make Jesus say what they want Him to say. If you're a Christian Republican, read this book. If you're a Christian Democrat, read God's Politics by Jim Wallis (which, while being on the liberal side, does a better job of giving a nonpartisan examination of the issues).
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's an election year, as you've probably noticed. The candidates all want to tell us how wonderful they are and how they can solve all of our problems. But how do they measure up in God's sight?
So how would Jesus vote, Democrat or Reublican? If you said neither, you got it right. Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus doesn't belong to any political party, but he does care about how we stand on the issues and how they compare with God's Word. The authors cover a lot of topics we need to consider when deciding how to vote: abortion, stem cell research, suicide and euthanasia, war, education, health-care, environment, etc. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a campaign, and forget the important things, like where does that candidate stand on the issues, and what is acceptable to God.
The authors don't tell you how to vote. They just examine the issues from a biblical point of view, back it up with scripture, and leave the rest up to you. Very thought provoking, especially for an election year. Recommended.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. SHARP on July 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am an evangelical Christian. I am conservative on many social issues (especially abortion), moderate on most civil liberties and foreign policy, and liberal on a few economic issues. I thought I'd check this book out, based on its claim of nonpartisanship, to see what scriptural wisdom might be applied to political issues that have an element of ambiguity, like entitlement programs or the minimum wage.

Well, there's little help in that regard here. On moral issues, things are pretty clear but whenever there's no scripture to directly back up a claim (some chapters quote no verses to support their position) the authors merely default to a conservative position and try to make it sound like God agrees with them. This is especially true when it comes to economic issues.

I think many honest Christians unconsciously mistake a cultural influence toward conservatism for a scriptural position without really examining it. This book either falls victim to that or takes advantage of it.

How would Jesus vote, according to this book? Straight ticket Republican.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron M. Marcelli on April 16, 2010
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Not near as objectionable or balanced as it claims to be in the intro. This book is simply interpreting Scripture through the republican values with a spirit of attack to those who oppose.
I agree with some of the stances of this book but was still offended with the manor it was written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Wardwell on October 27, 2008
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I have always been a fan of author D. James Kennedy, however the most recent book that he has co-authored and published with Jerry Newcombe is one that is both timely and powerful.

It's no secret that the 2008 election is upon us and that it is shaping up to be one of the most important political contests in American history. The polls constatly show one candidate ahead, while the other candidate is gaining points. So who do we as good moral followers of Jesus Christ vote for? Does it matter? These are questions that we all want answers for.

In the book, "How Would Jesus Vote?" many of these questions are answered. Kennedy begins by discussing the importance of getting out to vote. He urges us to understand that even in scripture we are told that it is our duty as Christ followers to be salt and light to the world, and that one way of doing that is by fulfilling our civic duty. He then moves on and discusses important topics and issues that are on the front lines today. Issues like the right to life, social issues, the sanctity of marriage, immigration, education, health care, and many other important topics. Without saying who to vote for, Kennedy tells us what kind of candidate we should vote for. Dr. Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe bring a clear, compelling, and nonpartisan exploration of what God's Word has to say on these critical matters. This book is not intended to tell readers who to vote for, but rather it is to offer a Christ-centered understanding of the world to help readers draw their own political conclusions. AND this book does just that.

Therefore, during this election season - you need to have this book. It will prove to be useful not just for this voting year, but as a resource for many years to come.
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By C. Mattern on October 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Kennedy has some great info about the history of our country and even makes a decent case for why we should be involved in the political system but his argument is poor at best towards showing through the Bible that we can know that Jesus would in fact participate in the political system.

He states statistics on how few christians vote and yet does not give any reference point for where he got that info.

Here is an example of how his argument appears to have holes throughout.

On pg 31 He says "Let me first say what I do not believe: I do not believe that we should have an established state church in America. I think the idea is abhorrent, even if it were a Presbyterian church. I do not believe we should have a church state. I do not believe that preachers should endorse candidates from the pulpit, even though that is perfectly legal. I do not believe that preachers should become embroiled in partisan politics. In fifty years I have not, to my knowledge, ever mentioned the name of either one of those political parties whose names I will not mention now, or I could not make that statement again."

1st problem with that is that on page 21 he said "So can anyone be so bold as to say how Jesus would vote? I think the answer is yes." So, how can you say a pastor who is being paid to share applicable Biblical principles should not share how Jesus would vote?

2nd problem with that is that on page 13 he said "When I vote, do I please Jesus with my vote? One example comes to mind: how could He be pleased if I vote in a way that promotes the destruction of innocent human life? If a politician does not get the issues of life and death right, how is he going to get the other things right?
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