- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook (January 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307729680
- ISBN-13: 978-0307729682
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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.
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I agree with some of the stances of this book but was still offended with the manor it was written.
I have to admit, though, except for the immigration chapter, it is primarily a right-wing book (I am a Republican in a heavily Democratic city). But again, the left wing will get to see what the right wing is about, and how it, IMHO, is superior. However, it is not intended to endorse either party, but just to inform the reader's conscience on what matters to them. The individual must vote for the politician he feels best matches his/her views.
In the end, whoever you vote for, be sure that it glorifies God. Soli Deo Gloria!
Kennedy then reminds us that it is not a matter of whose side God is on, but rather a matter of whether or not we are on God's side - are we being shaped by God's standard - are the decisions we make based upon God's Word. He quotes Abraham Lincoln who, in response to whether the "`Lord was on the Union's side,' said, `I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's sid."
As is typical when I find a book I like, my copy of How Would Jesus Vote? is filled with highlighted sections and fold over corners (for particularly good quotes). So I could go on and on with quote after quote that challenged me personally. The first part of the book (the first three chapters) issues the challenge of considering our role in politics, the second part addresses several "controversial" issues being impacted in our world today, and the third part offers some closing thoughts. With tactful force, Kennedy & Newcombe address issues such as
1. Abortion, Stem Cells, Suicide and Euthanasia - "...the great divide is between those who believe man is a special creation of God and those who believe he is just the product of time and chance.
2. Crime & Punishment
3. War - A quote from Robert Morey who said, "The use of force to overthrown tyranny is blessed and sanctioned by God Himself. People have the moral obligation to take whatever action is necessary to fight for the freedom and liberty of all the oppressed peoples of the world."
4. Education - "For the first two hundred years of this nation's history, education was explicity Christian, and it produced amazing results."
5. Economic Concerns
9. Marriage - "...we need to choose wisely, marry wisely, and live wisely. Politically, we need to vote in ways that protect the sanctity of the family. At the very least, we should oppose those things that would subvert families, like same-sex marriage or pornography or no-fault divorce."
10. The courts
In the closing chapters, Kennedy & Newcombe remind us again of our responsibility to be active in the political process, as well as sharing the important role prayer has played, and will continue to play, in the days ahead. They provide some interesting insight in our prayer-filled roots as they quote David Barton who said, "Throughout the Continental Congress...you'll find that the Congress called for fifteen nationwide days of prayer and fasting, or days of prayer and thanksgiving....Between 1633 and 1812, there were over 1,700 prayer proclamations issued in the colonies...."
Prayer & participation...are you doing both?
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.