Dr. D. James Kennedy served as senior minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for 48 years. He was the author of more than sixty-five books, including: New Every Morning, Why I Believe, Evangelism Explosion, and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? Dr. Kennedy earned a Ph.D. in comparative religion from New York University.
Jerry Newcombe is senior producer for Coral Ridge Ministries television and has produced or coproduced more than fifty documentaries. The host of two weekly radio shows, he has also been a guest on numerous television and radio talk shows. He is the author or coauthor of more than fifteen books, including What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?
In his final book, Kennedy, who died in September of this year, joins his Coral Ridge Ministries colleague Newcombe in proffering this biblical justification of their socially conservative position on issues important to their followers, including abortion, the death penalty, war, education and freedom of religion. Kennedy and Newcombe make provocative claims throughout. Regarding abortion, they cite a study that found that 99% of women who have had abortions now wish abortions were illegal. About allocation of government funds, they argue that money currently spent on school lunch programs would be better spent on national defense against jihadists. When discussing health care, they accuse England and the Netherlands, both countries with national health services, of killing babies and the elderly. Such remarks are paired with what Kennedy and Newcombe characterize as a humble search of the Scriptures, and each chapter ends with a summary of how the authors feel Jesus would have American Christians vote. While most of this book is standard conservative Christian fare, Kennedy and Newcombe give it a distinctive Calvinist flavor, focusing particularly on Calvins belief that God has distributed this worlds goods as he has seen fit, and that not all poor people are deserving of Christian charity. (Jan. 15) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
“Scripture commands us to ‘influence and occupy,’ to ‘expose the deeds of darkness,’ and to ‘let our light so shine.’ How does the Church do that without bringing a biblical worldview into the ‘marketplace of ideas’? In How Would Jesus Vote?, Dr. D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe brilliantly unravel the argument that Christians should not be involved in ‘politics.’ After finishing this book, dear reader, you will eagerly seek the next opportunity to take the Gospel out into the whole culture, including the political arena.”
–Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host
“Dr. Kennedy is one of my personal heroes — a man of tremendous courage and faith with a great heart and vision for restoring America’s Godly heritage. This book is a wake-up call to us, as individual believers and the church, to not stand on the sidelines, but to vigorously defend our faith and values in the public square.”
–Alan Sears, President, CEO & General Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund
From the Hardcover edition.