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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.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/5/2012)
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.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/19/2012)
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.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/3/2012)
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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Review by / (Posted on 8/29/2012)
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.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/29/2012)
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