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How Would Jesus Vote?: Do Your Political Views Really Align With The Bible?: 2 Hardcover – 1 April 2016
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"How Would Jesus Vote? is the blueprint for those who want to see serious change in this country, from politicians to those who influence them. This is an excellent work!” -- Dorothy Burton, president and CEO of Christians in Public Service, Inc.
"If you don’t know how Jesus would vote, you’ll want to read this book; if you think you do know how Jesus would vote, you definitely need to read this book!” -- Greg Forster, director of the Oikonomia Network, Trinity International University
"This is a much-needed attempt to think ‘Christianly’ about the moral and political dilemmas of our day.” -- Duane Litfin, president emeritus of Wheaton College
"This is a must read for any of us who desire to be effective for Christ in an increasingly hostile environment.” -- Joseph Stowell, president Cornerstone University
"I recommend this book for all who want to honor God in their whole lives, including their politics.” -- Michael Wear, founder of Public Square Strategies LLC and former White House Staff
"Dr. Bock challenges readers to engage vigorously but respectfully, keeping to the issues and avoiding personal attack. His call for a balance of conviction and compromise is one Christ-followers of every political persuasion would do well to heed." -- Don Hawkins, D. Min., former president of Southeastern Bible College, president of Encouragement Communications and The Worship Channel
"If you are looking for biblical thinking and sound reasoning to help you navigate changing times and politics, I highly recommend Dr. Darrell Bock as a trusted guide and biblical voice.” -- John S. Dickerson, author of The Great Evangelical Recession and I Am Strong
"This book is wisdom for constructive Christian civil discourse in a rapidly changing social landscape.” -- M. Daniel Carroll-Rodas, Blanchard Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton Graduate School and College
"Much of the discussion in Christian circles involves interpreting biblical texts through the eyes of political presuppositions rather than understanding the biblical text and applying it to the political dialogue. Dr. Bock’s book is a corrective to this method." -- Hon. Rollin A. Van Broekhoven, Chancellor, Oxford Graduate School
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- Publisher : Howard Books (1 April 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439190704
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439190708
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 21.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 652,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bock presented several original nuanced treatments atypical of conventional evangelical approaches. With regard to the scriptural view of government, Bock suggested that the Scripture does not indicate applying the theocratic structure of Israel to earthly governments. The church does not dictate a public space or inform governmental structure (p6). Bock takes a very common interpretation of the role of government from Roman 13, namely, upholding the law and collecting taxes, which citizens should pay, for governmental functionalities. He sees the church as a separate organisation from the government to benefit society. There is a separation of church and state. This echoes a common notion that the church or Kingdom of God is not of this world. Bock suggests the church's independence from the state offers the benefit to the church in maintaining its own identity, moral and religious commitment among the greater diversified society (p.32).
In the issue of poverty, Bock illustrated a running theme to help the poor in both the Old and New Testament. The Old Testament does not tolerate the existence of the poor found amomg the Israelite community nor the oppression of the poor while jesus in the New testament was seen often working among the poor. In the issue of immigration, passages in Scripture featuring the running theme to help the poor refer also to the foreigners (as well as orphans and widows ). This reveals a scriptural mandate to help the poor and the immigrants which is different from American conservative/Republican position where many U.S. evangelicals situate themselves. Bock however does not draw attention to this latter political elephant or, whenever his views seem to part company from conservative evangelicals, but just call attention to the biblical analysis. He just states the facts as he sees it.
Bocks offers an analysis of religious liberty using the idea of "public space vs sacred space" in a chapter on "Sexuality and religious liberty" Sacred space is a functional space of religious communities to live according to their religious commitment. He thinks religious institutions should have the freedom to engage freely in such functions as long as such functions don't unduly burden the public space in a multicultural modern society. This analysis is similar to Rawls notion of living an individual's comprehensive doctrine within the overlapping consensus of a multicultural society with mutually incompatible comprehensive doctrines. He thinks the legal question posted about a baker's religious liberty to accept business from a gay couple is similar to the question of conscientious objector against military service. But, of course, a distinction is to be noticed: one deals with competing moral doctrines in public space while the other is about individual moral doctrinal interest vs public interest. In the case of competing moral doctrines, the baker's case, the effects play out in the public space but have effects only against each other unless it rises to judicial settlement. In the conscientious objector case, it puts sacred space directly against public space.
This book covers a lot of territory. Treatments of some issues are somewhat superficial or overly obvious but often due to lack of biblical specifics. But the efforts are still commendable.