Christians are a large and influential voting block today. But as each governmental election approaches, an increasing polarity occurs within those claiming the Christian faith. This comes as a result of party-voting rather than voting according to Biblical mandates and authority. To refocus correctly, Dr. Tony Evans goes back to the basics and teaches on how God established government as a divine institution whose tasks include promoting the well-being of those within its realm and protection from evil.
Scripture trumps all political alliances making the voting decision a critical opportunity for Christians to promote God's Word and His values through whom they elect. In the face of increasing emotions the Christians representing God's kingdom values should communicate His truths in a manner reflective of the King - in a gracious and strategic way. Dr. Evans also looks at the necessary qualities in a good candidate which include intellect, education, competency, skill and spiritual beliefs - whether certain issues are non-negotiables, and how a responsible citizen is to research a candidates' position in order to evaluate it against God's Word.
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- Okay, I understand the issues. But how do I VOTE?
This book is more of the standard "moral majority" rhetoric, without actually educating voters on the effects of their votes. Unfortunately, voting a moral but incapable person into office will do nothing to help many of the issues the voter focused on. An intelligent voter must look at what powers are granted to the political office in question, and vote based on the influence each candidate would have if given that office.
For example, millions of people will vote for the Republican presidential candidate because of his views on abortion, not realizing that the President in fact has no authority on the issue, and only a small amount of indirect influence, in the form of the duty of nominating Supreme Court justices. Meanwhile, the Republican platform on immigration is non-biblical, and the President does have a large amount of political power on this issue. So people will be voting based on something they think is more important, but unfortunately the only effect will be that the important issue is unchanged, and "less important" issues are handled in a non-biblical way. God does not have a party, but unfortunately our politicians do, and educated voters need to remember that they are electing whole people (and in fact political platforms), not individual issues.
This book falls far short of actually helping Christians understand the effects of their votes, which is what is actually needed. Any Bible-studying Christian can find for themselves what the biblical position is on a variety of issues. What we need is someone to explain to us how all of that actually works in American politics, so we actually know how to VOTE, not just how to think about issues. This book falls infinitely short of its title's promise.
- A mostly helpful guide to voting as a Christian
In How Should Christians Vote, Tony Evans teaches on how Christians can apply biblical principles to considering who to vote for.
The big strength of this book is that it emphasises God belongs to no political party and that rather than there being a good party and a bad party that every party will have some policies that are Godly and some that are not. I think this can sometimes get somewhat lost in some of the important discussions about big issues. Also helpful was the exploration of how different backgrounds and perspectives may lead Christians attempting to vote in a Godly manner to weight issues differently and as a result make different voting choices. More assuming the best of other people's political decision making as demonstrated here would go a long way towards lifting the tone of politics related discussion in the Christian community.
However, I think the political neutrality of the book was slipped a little bit in some of the discussions of small government verses more extensive government programs. While there is certainly a case for the government being not the best entity to do some things, the case is not nearly as simple as small government=Godly, big government=evil. Both are a lot more complex than that and can in practice turn out a variety of ways.
Another reservation I had about this book was the heavily American bias. Apart from the very extensive use of American examples, some of what he said seemed to be underpinned by the possibilities American Christians experience in regards to social and political influence. Some of these ideas might not apply nearly so well for believers in countries where the Christian community is too small to wield much political power, Christianity hasn't had a strong influence in shaping the culture or democracy isn't functioning well or at all.
I “read” this book in audio format. Although I normally like the audiobook format, in this case it grated on my nerves. I felt at times the narrator had a somewhat awkward speaking rhythm and slightly condescending tone.
- Informed Voting Guidance
How Should Christians Vote? by Tony Evans is a quite thorough little book about how Christians should vote in elections. He presents the argument that Christians should be voting for policies of the candidates not for the party that they represent because both major parties have faults.
There is a lot of sound advice in this book when it comes to research the candidates and seeing how their policies line up with the Word of God. Although I don’t agree with every he says especially regarding what happens if you vote for the “wrong” person, it is quite a good book to give to someone who votes without really thinking.
Since I live in Australia where we have compulsory voting, it is even more important for Christians to vote for people that have strong moral principles and not just follow party lines or historical voting practices. I take voting very seriously, so this book was helpful in identifying the areas I should be researching before placing my vote on the day.
The narration was solid and the man narrating the book sounded like someone who would be involved in politics with a very clear, powerful voice.
Although written for American politics this book would have applications in other countries political systems especially in countries where there doesn’t seem to be any leaders with strong moral beliefs.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- stellar audio
The democratic environment of America provides a great benefit to the people of America, that being the ability to vote. We vote for policies. We vote for taxes. We vote for our leadership. And, as Evans suggests, perhaps as Christians, we ask the wrong question when voting: who to vote for. Rather, we ought to ask how to vote. It’s not about who, but about how. How does G-d want us to vote? And, quite frankly, this is an important issue to be addressed.
In life, when a pastor counsels on personal strife, they look to the Bible, identify the issue in the believer’s life, and advise what HaShem’s solution would be. The same goes for marriage. The same goes for church situations as well. So why, then, does this not apply to politics? It’s not about racial equality, family values, or denominational ties. It’s about choosing G-d over man. There are always two answers, Evans suggests: G-d’s answer and man’s answer. When the two collide, the correct one is G-d’s, but we often side with man’s. Scripture should be, and needs to be, our final source of authority and compliance. That’s what this book is about.
Willis’ narration for this audio edition is stunning. Often times, I will find a narration that matches the author good enough to give a pass, or perhaps not good enough. It’s not regular, though, to find an author so brilliantly amazing that the narration sets a higher bar of standards for audio books. This is one of those times. Willis sounds very much like James Earl Jones’ impression of Darth Vader, which could win me over by the Star Wars connection. That’s not enough, though. Vader’s (Whoops – I mean Willis’) narration is deep and authoritative, just as what should be expected from a Sith Lord. Commanding the permission of the audience, this performance is passionate and inflective in a manner that makes me grateful and addicted. I would be surprised if the author could pull off a better performance. That said, I would listen to any audiobook by this narrator. The performance is five-star worthy, illuminating the text to the next level. It’s not an audiobook – it’s an experience.
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- Politics and Christianity
Politics and Christianity. Just putting those two words together in the same sentence conjures up bad feelings–and possibly bad memories–in many of us. Many Christian leaders are afraid to engage the topic of politics because of its divisiveness. Other Christian leaders think the church should be wrapped in an American flag, claiming that America typifies the ideal of a Christian nation.
Tony Evans tackles this difficult topic in How Should Christians Vote? His book is a call-to-action, but is also a call to Christians to return to the Word of God as our primary guide in all decision-making, including how to vote. He builds a convincing case for making the Bible central where it hasn’t been in a long time.
He bravely tackles partisan politics and its relationship with Christianity using a brilliant analogy of a football game; throwing in a deft application of the biblical account of Joshua’s encounter with the general of heaven’s armies. This is spectacular and convicting, as I often find myself shying away from political discussions because I don’t want to offend. Evans does a good job of being balanced without sacrificing any of the oomph of his timely message: it’s time for Christians to vote, and to vote the principles of Scripture as the people of God.
There is a lot of great material is this short book, and Mirron Willis does great job delivering the content as narrator. Any Christian who struggles with how to vote their faith or how to live as a Christian in this current political climate should give this a listen.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
- things to consider when voting
With the election coming up soon, the title of this book caught my eye. How Should Christians Vote? is written by Dr. Tony Evans and read by Mirron Willis.
Does it matter how you vote if you are a Christian? Should you vote with one party or another just because you always have? How should you answer when someone asks if you are a Republican or Democrat? These questions and others are addressed in this book. The author makes the point that we need to pay attention to what the Bible says about government (and there is a lot). The author's opinion is that as a Christian you need to vote based on what the Bible says, not based on anything else. I liked his use of the football game analogy at the end regarding the two teams on the field plus the officials. He makes a strong point as well throughout the book for the value of human life.
To be honest the narrator was hard for me to listen to. He did okay but did not add anything to this book in my opinion as some I have listened to in the past have done.
This was an alright book. It gave me some things to think about and consider.
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- How Would Tony Evans Vote?
You can't really tell how Dr. Evans would vote after reading his book. I quickly decided to read his book because as a conservative Christian, I have heard him speak several times and believe that he is a true man of God.
I am Caucasian and as such, cannot relate to Dr. Evans on a race basis, but as one who holds very similar Biblical beliefs, I believe that I relate to him quite closely in using a Biblical approach to selecting candidates and issues based on where I believe God is leading me. This is the strongest point, I believe, of the book. We should use Biblical principles in all aspects of our lives including who and what we should vote for.
I believe that all of the issues that he brings up in the book including abortion and discrimination should be addressed with Biblical principles in mind. My family and I try to base our life's decisions on our understanding of God's will for our lives and the lives of those around us. I don't believe that we Christians always do the right thing in God's eyes and often suffer for it.
Dr. Evans makes a very good argument for the Biblical basis of a pro-life position. The very basis of liberty and the pursuit of happiness is life itself and if we allow the taking of an innocent pre-born life, the baby has no chance of any justice or liberty.
Where I part ways somewhat with Dr. Evans is when he makes the case for prioritizing our goals toward justice. While he doesn't say it specifically, he implies that those who suffer injustice in the form of discrimination may choose to prioritize discrimination ahead of pro-life beliefs.
I disagree with this concept. I believe that before I seek justice for myself, I should seek justice for others who suffer and that includes those of different color or creed. I don't believe that there is any group which suffers injustice and the loss of freedom more than an innocent, unborn child.
Other than this point, I found the book very enlightening and hope many who are trying to make decisions in this election season will read this book to help them in their decision process.
I wish that Dr. Evans had narrated the book himself because I believe that while the narrator did a very good job, Dr. Evans would have added his "fire" to the conversation which always adds to the experience.
I was given a free audio version of this book for my agreement to review it but this has not influenced my personal impressions of the book.
Narrator thoughts –
He has a very strong voice. Perfect for a political book. It sounded like a voice meant of debate and speaking out on political issues.
Book Thoughts –
To be honest I didn’t agree with this author personally. He seemed to feel that if we didn’t vote for the right people that God would condemn us. While I do think the way we vote is important, I do think that God is big enough to work through any and every situation. I believe that God works through the lives of individual people to change hearts, not through political circles.
I did like his point that we should preserve life at all costs. No matter whether it’s protecting unborn babies or protecting the rights of people, we should protect the quality of life that we enjoy for all. Granted we did disagree on how that should be accomplished, but it was a good point none the less.
Personally, I didn’t like this book very much, because I believe that my God is bigger than any one country or political view. Yes, sometimes He uses them to accomplish His work, but more often than not, it’s through hearts that He works.
I received this audiobook courtesy from ChristianAudio for the purpose of writing a review.