10.28.2008

How Would Jesus Vote?

I have been asked to review this book by Random House.  How Would Jesus Vote? is a new book by D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe.  I have to say I did not care for this book and would not recommend it.  This book and others like it are the reason why the church has earned the reputation of being a mouthpiece for the Republican Party.

I'm not saying I disagreed with many of the conclusions of this book.  In fact, quite the contrary.  The authors use most of the book to address how Jesus would vote on issues like abortion, stem cell research, immigration, healthcare, education, war, death penalty, the economy, the environment, marriage, activist judges, etc...  The fact is that on many of these chapters I pretty much agreed with the conclusion of the authors and I appreciated many of the Scripture references used to support their arguments.  But...

And it's a big but.  In the beginning of this book the authors ask the question, "So can anyone be so bold as to say how Jesus would vote? I think the answer is yes."  They then spent the rest of the book enlightening us on how Jesus would vote on the aforementioned issues. 

What? Are you kidding me? Do you really believe you can search out the Scriptures and come to a definitive answer to the question of how Jesus would vote on health care, education, war, and the economy? And do you really believe he would vote the Republican agenda 100% of the time?  Because apparently D. James Kennedy does.

Again, I'm not anti-Republican. I'm an Independent who often votes for Republican candidates and "Republican issues".  But even if you bleed elephants when you're cut, you have to admit that's a pretty bold and ridiculous statement.

There are definitely issues that you could be pretty confident how Jesus would vote on.  But I wish Christians would realize that some issues aren't immoral.  They're just about what kind of country you prefer to live in.  We need to learn to voice our preferences without turning Jesus into a political pundit.
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On a related matter, we do have an important election coming up next week.  Christians, you need to take a little time to get online and research all the candidates and issues you'll be asked to vote on in your area.  Too much is at stake this year to either approach the voting booth casually or to not vote at all.  Vote informed and vote prayerfully!

6 comments:

DeadMule said...

During the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, any time blacks got too ambitious and made the establishment (old white men) nervous, the old white men cried “socialist” or “communist.” What they meant was, I’m loosing my privileged status. Martin Luther King Jr. was called a “communist” many times. This charge was investigated by the FBI and proven untrue.

Have none of you read King’s "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" In 1964, King explained that while white people were satisfied with “progress,” blacks were seeking “equality.” The marches changed the laws, and whites were okay with that. But King said the fight for “equality” would not be won so easily. White people would resist because “equality” would cost more than they were willing to pay; it would cost them their status and their wealth. It might also mean costs for their children. So why are you shocked now that a black man is running for POTUS that he wants to “share the wealth”?

This election is more about race than most people know. It is not about “socialism” or about “communism”; it”s about economic equality for blacks and other poor people (for King identified racism, poverty, and militarism as the “triple evils” that must be fought together). White people know that “equality” will require a loss of “their money,” and they won’t have that privilege and power, so they scream “socialist,” because they don’t want to see themselves as racists.

When Obama has said, “power concedes nothing,” he is quoting Frederick Douglass. Obama knows his history. Do you? Black history is American history. Has America given equal power (and money) to her black citizens? Should She?

If you believe in equality, vote for Obama. If you don’t think there’s a black America and a white America, if you don’t think there’s a rich America and a poor America, if you don’t think there’s an educated America and an uneducated America, You just think, there’s the United States of America, vote for Obama. If you think these divisions exist but shouldn’t, vote for Obama. It’s time for a change.

If you like white privilege and the status quo (and more of the same), vote otherwise. If you enjoy pretending it’s okay to have poor people in a rich nation and if you want to blame that on someone who hasn’t had the capital (only they call it “money”) to start a business or get and education, if you enjoy calling such people “lazy” because that means you aren’t, then vote otherwise. In this country, you can vote as you will and should be able to do so. But don’t be so foolish as to pretend this isn’t about white greed and racism. Don’t look the other way and pretend God likes you better.

from my blog http://helenl.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/hes-a-socialist/

Jeff Myers said...

Deadmule,

Their might be many good reasons to vote for Obama, but honestly, you listed none. It sounds like you're struggling with "white guilt". If you feel like he's the best candidate, that's fine, but I think you're voting for him for the exact reason you're accusing other people of not voting for him - the color of his skin. Vote for the BEST candidate - no matter who you believe it is - based on the type of person they are, what they say they will do, what they have done already, and most importantly how your prayerfulness leads you to vote.

Jeff

DeadMule said...

"White guilt." I don't think so. I've been "born again."

White Into Black

Sin.
Freed

into that darkened sky—
Friday.

How can one be born
when one is old:

washed—
in the flood from His side,

beneath the piercing sword?
Surely

I will abandon my watery grave—
alive:

pale as ancestors, plunged
into its flow—

black as my Jesus, comely:

DeadMule said...

White Into Black

Sin.
Freed

into that darkened sky—
Friday.

How can one be born
when one is old:

washed—
in the flood from His side,

beneath the piercing sword?
Surely

I will abandon my watery grave—
alive:

pale as ancestors, plunged
into its flow—

black as my Jesus, comely:
a bride.

first published in Domicile

Anonymous said...

LOL, LOL...

I will certainly check out your blog deadmule. I always need a good laugh. jeez

Jason

Anonymous said...

Hey deadmule, to think that God created all of us equally, but favored one group over another is the epitome of ignorance. I don't think you feel that way and I want you to know that just because I have less pigment in my skin doesn't mean that I feel that way either. Truly, you and I, and anyone else that has heard the gospel and believed will be worshiping him together for eternity. I can't imagine that race will ever enter our minds. I don't trust Obama because he has changed his birth name in support of Islam. When he speaks, he sounds like he has some good ideas. When he gets elected, I will try to get behind him and pray for him because our country is in a mess. Without a doubt, there are idiots who would like to supress groups different from them. Our time here is extremely short. Jesus is coming soon. Rejoice! I am glad to hear you are born again. We are brothers.
Joe