Red-Letter Christians: A Citizen's Guide to Faith & Politics  -     By: Tony Campolo
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A new kind of politically concerned evangelical is emerging, somewhere between hard-right Republicans and far-left Democrats. "Red-Letter Christians" seek to live out Jesus' words---the ones printed in red in many New Testaments. Examining the hot-button issues facing believers today, Campolo calls us to transcend partisan squabbles---and bring Christ's radical message to our civic commitments. 224 pages, hardcover from Regal.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Regal
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830745297
ISBN-13: 9780830745296
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In today’s political environment, who speaks for whom is not always clear. Over the past couple of decades, evangelical Christians have tended to be associated with the religious right and the most conservative positions of the Republican Party. Rebelling against this designation are those who prefer to be called Red Letter Christians, desiring to live out the red letters of Jesus’ words in the New Testament.  Believing that Jesus is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, Red Letter Christians want to jumpstart a religious movement that will transcend partisan politics and concentrate on issues such as fighting poverty, caring for the environment, advancing peace, promoting strong families, and supporting a consistent ethic of life, all viewed as critical moral and biblical values. Into this arena of thought steps Tony Campolo, the powerful evangelist known for his passionate and prophetic sharing of the radical message of Jesus.  In this book, Campolo examines many of the hot-button issues facing evangelicals from the perspective of Jesus’ red-letter words in the Bible. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, Campolo will make you think, pray and act.

Author Bio

Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), an organizations that develops schools and social programs in various third world countries and in cities across North America, Dr. Campolo is an ordained minister and is presently recognized as an associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. He is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having guested on television programs like Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show and CNN News. He cohosted his own television series, Hashing It Out, on the Odyssey Network, and presently hosts From Across the Pond, a weekly program on the Premier Radio Network in England. Dr. Campolo is the author of 33 books, including Letters to a Young Evangelical and Everybody Wants to Change the World.

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  1. Grace
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Red Letter Christians
    March 2, 2013
    Grace
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for .
    In Red Letter Christians: A Citizen's Guide to Faith & Politics, Tony Campolo introduces what it is to be a "Red Letter Christian." Red Letter Christians guides Christians who want to see their faith influence their politics, while challenging the Christians as Republican stereotype. Campolo argues that Jesus does not fit into a particular political ideology and that attempting to make him do so creates division. Instead, Christians should vote about social issues based on their best judgement of what God's will is. Addressing social need requires political action, rather than only relying on the good work of volunteers. Simply put, it is sinful to pretend that there is no need for legislative responses to oppression and poverty.

    Campolo begins his book by explaining who Red Letter Christians are and how to make the red letters of the Bible (the words of Jesus) a guide for political life. He concludes by providing "ground rules" for Red Letter Christians as they approach politics. In the middle, Campolo addresses specific issues, divided into the categories: The Global Issues, The Hot-Button Issues, The Economic Issues, and The Government Issues. This review, and my question "What does this book teach me about social justice," will focus on the beginning and ending portions of the book. Campolo is writing from an American perspective about an American system. While the middle parts of the book do have some universal value, part one, part five, and the final chapter of part four are most applicable to me as a Canadian trying to approach social justice in the Canadian system.

    PS I got this book for free from booksneeze for an honest review
  2. Rick Boyle
    London, OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellant Guide
    April 25, 2012
    Rick Boyle
    London, OH
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the most Excellant Guide for Christians when voting in the USA. It takes the main issues from 2008 (Which are still pertinent today), and examines them from a Chistian/Biblical perspective and helps you make informed decisions.

    It is amazing when you read about current events in 2008 and how they have played out as Tony Campolo expected if we didn't make the appropriate changes. This is a guide I wish more Americans and especially Christians used, rather than VERY Biased "News".
  3. karen
    New York
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    definitely misleading
    June 8, 2011
    karen
    New York
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Compolo misses the boat often in this one. Huge drawback is having a broad quotation on the front jacket that turned me off immediately. Would not have ordered this book if it had been better shown online. Read a few chapters and just could not read anymore. Had planned to give these books (ordered two) to fathers for their day, but will instead send them back for refund.
  4. Rich McIntyre
    Trenton Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    February 1, 2011
    Rich McIntyre
    Trenton Illinois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Very Disappointing. Very skewed. Little Scriptural reference. When scripture was cited it was obviously not to give both sides but to augment the authors opinion. Readers of this book should easily be able to read between the lines and see the political proclivities of Campolo.
  5. valerie
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding
    January 12, 2011
    valerie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    excellent non partisan book to help Christians understand how to make decisions not based on left or right, but by filtering everything through the teachings of Jesus. Book does not tell you how to vote, which views are "correct" or choose "sides" of issues. Tremendously broadend my understanding of many world issues. Thank You ChristianBook!!
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