The 2012 election campaign officially kicked-off this week with President Obama’s first campaign ad. In case you missed it:
Oops, my bad. This is it:
I’ll be the first to admit that I become animated….ok, obnoxious, about certain issues and politicians. I’m certain that my dear husband was not insinuating anything with this particular Christmas gift:
I’m sure he was just picking a few books from my wish list. Nevertheless, with the beginning of campaigns upon me, I started reading it today. From the Introduction,
“Should churches exert any influence in politics? Should pastors preach about political questions? Is there only one “Christian” position on political issues? Does the Bible teach anything about how people should vote?…Do I think that everyone who tries to follow the Bible will agree with my understanding of these issues? No. In a book that covers sixty political topics, many readers will agree with me in some sections and disagree with me in others. Many Christian readers who accept the authority of the Bible might argue alternative positions that they think are better supported from the overall teaching of the Bible. That is fine with me, for I think we grow in our understanding by discussing and reasoning with one another (in a civil manner!). ‘Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety’ (Prov. 11:14).
— Wayne Grudem, Politics According to the Bible: A comprehensive resource for understanding modern political issues in light of scripture, 2010
I may not finish until November 2012, but I’m going to begin reading and blogging through — discussing with you, my readers — the topics explored in this book.
Housekeeping note: Tonight is your last opportunity to enter the drawing for Half the Church. Lord willing, my review will be published tomorrow.