If you’ve ever wondered how Christians should navigate and react to political situations this is the book for you. Bruce Riley Ashford, who is a Dean of Faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will help you through all the confusing rhetoric that is being spewed by politicians in Washington D.C.
The book is separated into three parts: A Christian View of Politics and Public Life, A Christian View on Hot-Button Issues and A Christian Hope for American Politics. Each section has many chapters that are actually written like a letter to a political science undergraduate named Christian. By writing in this format, Bruce Riley Ashford has kept the tone of the subject matter light and easy to read. He covers many topics that are in the news today like abortion, gay rights and same sex marriage, free speech, religious liberty and Second Amendment rights, only to mention a few.
The first section, A Christian View of Politics and Public Life, explores the relationship between Christians and government and he also explains the separation of Church and State. The second section goes over the top hot-button topics of the day that I listed above. This section really helped me form and solidify my opinions on these topics. Section three is about being a Christian Witness in the world and how to effect the culture around us.
I took a long time reading this book because I really wanted to soak in what the author was saying. I can get very confused with all of the political rhetoric out there. I’m interested in what happens in the “public square”, but back away when the yelling starts. This book really helped me sort out the issues and learn how to, perhaps, join my voice with others.
I’m giving this book five stars. If you are interested in the public forum, but can’t make sense of it all, and not sure where a christian should stand, this is the book for you.
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This sounds like a book I would be interested in reading. I, too, sometimes struggle with where I should stand, as a Christian, on certain issues.
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