Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Date: February 2012
Reviewed by Josh Olds
QUICK HIT – In a culture that draws a sharp distinction between Republican and Democrat, it is becoming harder and harder for the pews to not be as politically segregated as our government. Charles Drew outlines a great strategy for drawing Christians, whatever their political stance, into an irenic spirit and Christian unity.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve realized that there’s an election going on in these here United States and the rhetoric has not exactly been amicable. The emphasis has been on what sets the candidates apart—usually with one side telling us why the other side is wrong—rather than what brings them together. Turn on the news channels and Fox is giving a decidedly conservative Republican standpoint while MSNBC, CNN, and others swing the opposite way. Flip the channel to Comedy Central or a late night show and you get comedians further polarizing issues. Turn on the radio and both sides are going at it. Fire up the Internet and read blog after blog after blog of vitriol. It even comes from the candidate’s own mouths.
Everything in politics is portrayed with an us vs. them mentality, where either group will inevitably destroy the country and either group are bullies who only want to hurt people. Issues become rhetoric and become ineffective. And then on Sunday, Republicans and Democrats sit down in a pew together to worship. Yikes.
The church is at the forefront of a number of social and moral issues confronting politicians today (think gay marriage, for example). The political convictions of the church are almost as divided as the country, making it difficult for those with opposing political views to come together and worship. In Body Broken, Charles Drew evaluates this scenario. Can we find unity in the church even if our political beliefs and strategies differ?
It’s a difficult question, and through 150 pages, Drew guides readers through the process of developing unity, distinguishing between moral principle and political strategy, and discovering how to develop biblical convictions on political issues. Drew walks the narrow road between conservative and liberal, Republican and Democrat, and as such, he’s going to have mud slung at him from both sides. But the stance he develops is a needed response to the way most Christians engage in politics today.
For any Christian engaged in politics (and that should be all of us, at some level), this is an important read. The Church has the power to significantly affect this country with both the moral stance it takes and the manner in which it takes them. The Church can be the tie that binds the country back together, that draws individuals into rational debates rather than arguments constructed from sound bites. Then we can get down to the root issues and actually find out how to best fix the problems we are facing today.
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