The United States was once a great nation. The bright light she once was is now dimming and the future looks bleak. Robert Jeffress, author of "Twilight's Last Gleaming", is bold and not at all politically correct in his pronunciation of chaos and upheaval that is coming to our nation. While many are sugarcoating their thoughts and failing to give an accurate description of what is going on in America, Jeffress offers truth with a slight glimmer of hope, but it is not what we expect.
Even though the fall of America is imminent, it doesn't mean we can't delay it for a time, Jeffress believes. "Twilight's Last Gleaming" is his attempt to highlight what's gone wrong and what American Christians can do now. Most relevant to current events is his chapter on how Christians should vote and his opinion might surprise you. He also has chapters on persecution and living in the last days. There are discussion questions at the end of the book which will help if you want to use the book in a small group or book club or even for your own reflection.
Jeffress surprised me with his boldness. It's refreshing to see a not-so-politically-correct account of current events particularly how it relates to Americans and Christians. We need more people who will say what needs to be said rather than what we want to hear. I applaud Jeffress' effort to open our eyes to the issues and times that lay before us.
Dr. Robert Jeffress is pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas and host of Pathway to Victory, which is heard daily on over 720 radio stations nationwide, including the Salem Radio Network, American Family Radio and Bott Radio Network.
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According to a recent Reuters Poll, 73 percent of Americans feel our country is heading in the wrong direction. (4) Perhaps you feel that way too and wonder what you can do to make a difference in America.
Jeffress says the collapse of America is coming. "We have both the ability and responsibility to delay the decay of our nation, even if we can't ultimately reverse it." (7) this book is about what Christians can do to be the salt and light Christ commanded us to be. When people refuse to stand up against unrighteousness, evil always triumphs. "It's time for Christians to intervene." (29)
Jeffress reviews the decline of godly influence in society, from Supreme Court decisions to school board actions. He speaks to intolerance, what it really means, and where the intolerance of Christian ideas might lead us.
He discusses how Christians should be involved in politics and gives four criteria for selecting a candidate.
Jeffress includes a chapter "for pastors only" on God's plan for the church, the pastor's calling and responsibility, and guidelines for preaching on issues.
Jeffress does not tip toe around issues. For example, he says voting for Mitt Romney is not voting for a Christian. "Mormonism is not Christianity. It is a false religion," he writes. (110)
He quotes Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, appointed by President James Madison in 1811 to show that the First amendment was not aimed at tolerating other religions but was to prevent any denomination within Christianity from being elevated above others to become a national religion. (89)
Christians are not to panic, Jeffress writes. "As representatives of the King of kings, Christians need to stop hyperventilating during every election and making hysterical comments... Remember, God is not seated on His throne biting his nails over any election. God already knows the outcome, because He has determined the outcome." (123)
Jeffress is quick to point out, however, that we are not to use God's sovereignty as an excuse for passivity.
I have read a number of books on Christians and politics in the last several years. This one might just be the most sensible and God honoring one I have read. Jeffress has included questions for further reflection at the end of the book so this would be a good choice for groups studying the Christian's responsibility in culture and politics.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.