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4.0 out of 5 stars The New Face of Religion and Politics, May 20, 2012
This review is from: A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars (Hardcover)
I admit I'm frustrated with politics as a conservative Christ-follower. I have been for some time. I don't think that my government or my representatives reflect my views, much less the views of the majority of the people in the U.S., much less anything outside of their own self-interest. I grew up in the Reagan era and in the urban South, there was a lot of pride in our leadership back then. We had an enemy in Communism, we were strong economically, and in conservative circles, everything just seemed "right" with the world.

Of course now, years later, I realize just how much was wrong with the world back then, and that politics glossed over much of the real challenge of making a positive difference. We fought the Communists, but we tolerated the racists and the bigots. We built great wealth, but we ignored the poor and let AIDS run rampant across Africa. The Berlin Wall fell, but walls of class envy and ethnic division were built up across our country. Today, much travel, experience and wisdom that comes with age, along with my beliefs, presses me to do something significant to help the poor, to change attitudes on race and to use our resources to better the world.

If only some of these things could be done without the muck and stench of politics clouding the way. In "A Faith of Our Own", I found a voice of many of these concerns in Jonathan Merritt's experiences. The book shares this sense that Christ-followers today, especially the younger generation--the one behind mine--wants to impact their world in a meaningful way. And, like me, they're turned off by the political banter. Worse, and I think Merritt does a masterful job of writing in this regard--they're just frustrated with politics in general and feel used as a "voting bloc" for others with agendas.

So how does one drop a political agenda and embrace the "human agenda"? A God-centered and world-impacting agenda? I think Merritt's book is a great place to start. If you have deeply held convictions that you feel are not represented by the left or the right, and want to find a line of thought and action as you seek to be a part of solving--really solving--some of our woes... you know, the ones in our own back yard where your own personal effort can do some good?--then be encouraged and emboldened by "A Faith of Our Own".
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2012, 9:01:09 AM PDT
Shawneda says:
This is how I've felt since BEFORE the 2008 election. Great review.
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