• M Taylor posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    “What Are Christians For?” by Jake Meador is a good read for anyone tired of the “culture wars” and wants to be involved in either participating in politics or keeping in touch with political happenings without the mudslinging, name-calling, and other nasty actions that many are tired of. Instead of nasty actions, why not instead support pro-life, stand up to racism, respect the environment (without worshipping it), treat and pay employees fairly, and other actions that best represent Jesus Christ? As long as Christians hold overly negative and cynical views about society overall, not much improvement will be seen in our country and world.

    The book is around 170 pages and addresses such topics as:

    – Having a “whole life” political philosophy – instead of being focused on just one issue alone as being all-important, see several issues as important (pro-life, equality among the races, respect the environment, lower taxes, paying and treating employees well, etc.). All too often I see Christians fighting each other because they focus on just one issue while failing to realize that these issues often overlap!

    – God does not need us or anything else to be satisfied – He is complete within Himself.

    – We are not to live detached from the world and each other.

    – Christians can act as if they live in the unbelief that God can work out solutions in our world.

    – Industrialization has its plusses (higher standard of living, etc.) and minuses (dehumanizing, etc.).

    – Several themes that arose from the sexual revolution.

    – Visions of a faithful Christian witness in the world.

    My thoughts after reading the book:

    – Covers many areas of Christian witness in the world.

    – Seems to be fair in seeing many issues as being important.

    – Good flow from chapter to chapter (not a “choppy” read).

    – Thought-provoking and yet easy to understand the points made by the author.

    – Helpful footnotes for further reading.

    While the reader may/may not agree with all of the author’s points or conclusions, this title is a good and thought-provoking read. Recommended. I was given a review copy by IVP in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.