Book Review: “How Would Jesus Vote?”

jesusvote I’ll have to admit that this election season is the most frustrating one I’ve been apart of since I’ve been able to vote. I’ve voted in every major election, not all of the local ones (but some), since I turned 18 in 1990. The first election I remember paying attention to was the 1980 Presidential election. I was eight and was with my dad at work as we listened to it over the radio.

My dad is a political junkie. Growing up I could not only tell you what the majority whip was but who it was at the time. In high school they taught this stuff in class and it amazed me that none of the kids in class knew any of it nor did they care to. I was hooked on it, and still am.

My family has voted conservative for as long as I can remember. My first Presidential election was 1992 and I voted for George Bush, of course, not because I knew or cared what he stood for but because he was the Republican; same with 1996. But in 2000 I started to pay closer attention to things and now with a Presidential Election only a week away I am getting ready to cast my vote once again.

Why has this election been so frustrating? Because I’m 35 and for the first time I am voting as a parent and looking more towards the future of not only my family but this great nation. This year I really started to question why I vote conservative. Why is it that I vote the way I do? Is it just because that is what my dad does?

So, when an opportunity to review a book called How Would Jesus Vote?: A Christian Perspective on the Issues came along, how could I pass it up? I have the pleasure of reviewing books for a publishing company called Multnomah Books, a division of Random House. They do what is called Blog Tours and it is great idea. They get lots of chatter out there on the internet about their books and I get a free book. Works out great.

I was a little apprehensive about this book when I got it because I just assumed it would be preachy and predictable. It was neither.

I have really given a lot of thought to how I should vote as a Christian. Should my morals dictate who I vote for?

How Would Jesus Vote?, by D. James Kennedy, PhD and Jerry Newcombe, is an excellent guide on what exactly a Christian should look for in a candidate and a political party. The writers lay out the Bible verses that back up what they say and go into detail about what our founding fathers had to say concerning God and what His role should be in our government:

[George] Washington began that Congressionally endorsed proclamation: “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor.

I know critics say we aren’t a Christian nation but don’t try telling that to the people who founded America. They came here specifically to start a colony that would uphold the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

How Would Jesus Vote? goes into detail concerning abortion, immigration, marriage, the death penalty, education and many more. It gives example after example of reasons why he feels Jesus would look at it a certain way. Dr. Kennedy is unashamedly a Christian who is proud of his heritage and truly believes that the words spoken in the Bible are just as true for today’s society as they were for Paul and Peter.

This book should be read by all who consider themselves Christians. It lays out, from a Biblical perspective, the reasons for voting:

What does the Bible say about our responsibility as citizens of this country? It is our responsibility to do what good citizenship requires. For us, today, one aspect of giving to Caesar what which is his is through political involvement.

One issue brought up by those who wish to remove any mention of God from the government is “imposing morals” on people:

It is ignorant to suggest that the law of the land must be “morality free.” Laws against thievery impose the morality of the honest over the dishonest. Laws against prostitution impose a sexual morality upon those who take a different view…Legislation is built upon morality, and morality is built upon religion. There is no escaping the fact.

As Christians in modern society we know the truth, the same truth our founding fathers relied on when writing our Constitution. How Would Jesus Vote? is a light in an otherwise dim world when it comes to politics. Between the TV and newspaper ads bombarding every American, McCain and Obama are painting a very bleak world for us to live in. This book leans exclusively on the Bible, which is all we have ever needed but something we have forgotten, to teach us what is important when it comes to our roles as followers of Christ.

Pick up this book and read it carefully. Study the topics discussed in it, and then share the information with your family and friends. They will thank you for it, and so will America.

Click here to buy the book.

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2 Responses to Book Review: “How Would Jesus Vote?”

  1. John says:

    Sounds like an interesting book Roy. I have had a hard time this election cycle also. I have known I was a conservative since I was eleven years old. There are many people out there who know more than me but over the years I have learned and studied what it means to be a conservative . When Barney Frank says he thinks it is time for a more Keynsian economic attitude I know what he means it worries me. The point I’m trying to make is I know why I believe what I believe and why I vote the way I vote. I’m just frustrated that there is an absolute lack of true conservative candidates out there. What we get is a bunch of self serving power grabbers who give lip service to social conservative ideas(pro-life, family values, etc) and then wipe their boots on physcal conservative principles(economic accountability, reducing government, etc.). I think Reagan may have been the only true conservative of my life and I was too young to vote for him. Everyone since him has been a disappointment.

    But let me get down from that soapbox and change to the real reasan I’m posting a comment. Shortly after the conventions I really started to think about the elections alot. I believe the Lord gave me the following scriptures as direction when praying over the upcoming elections.

    Philippians Chapter 3
    17 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

    The word bodies in verse 21 is the Greek word Sōma, Strong’s number 4983, it is used in a very wide variety of applications, literal and figurative. For the purpose of prayer over our upcoming elections it refers to governmental bodies. There are righteous and unrighteous people in our Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches as well as righteous and unrighteous people seeking seats in those branches.

    Verses 18 and 19 state “18 For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth” We cannot vote all of these people out of office and replace them with righteous people. That is why God has brought the word “change” to the forefront of this election cycle. We must pray that God change the hearts, minds, and wills of those elected (and appointed) officials who consistently stand in the way of progress and do all they can to subvert the will of God.

    Consider the following from Romans Chapter 8 “7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.” Sinful nature can never please God. It must be changed by God. This leads us back to Philippians 3:21. That Jesus Christ changes them and brings them under His control.

    It is important to remember that ALL of us can benefit from the change that Jesus brings. I pray not only for the handful of Senators and Representatives that make my blood boil when I see them on television but also for those I consider “one of the good guys” and all the anonymous ones in between. Everybody needs Jesus and everybody benefits from His being in their lives.

    That is my prayer focus in this election cycle. Philippians 3:21. That Jesus change and bring under His control the people of our Governmental bodies.

    I think this comment may be longer than your blog post. Sorry about that, its just that politics is one my interests.


  2. Roy Bauer says:

    Those are some excellent points. I’m only 35 but even I remember when Republicans wanted government to be smaller in size. There use to be a difference between Democrats and Republicans on more than just social issues.

    I don’t know whether that has changed or we are just lacking candidates right now with the guts to do the right thing. More and more people are getting more and more dependent on the government to sustain them and that is making it hard for politicians who have fiscal conservative values to voice their opinion and not be run out of town.

    Taking responsibility for ones self is not popular these days. I will pray along with you that our leaders will have a “come to Jesus” meeting and realize what they are doing to themselves and those they are leading.

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