By Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, Chris Butler | | 160 pages
Published in July of 2020

SUMMARY: Humans are created in the image of God. That sentence is what Christians should build their framework around for political engagement. Not a political party, not a tribe, and not an ideology. Human dignity is one the major themes that flows throughout Compassion (&) Conviction.

“Our political actions should be honest, humble, respectful of human dignity — even those we disagree with — and free from guile,” the authors write.

If you are wondering what it means to be involved with politics and a Christian then this is the book for you. If you are wondering how to partner with a non-Christian organization then this is the book for you. If you are wondering how to effectively communicate, then this is the book for you.

This isn’t a book that tells you who to vote for but how to approach, collaborate and be involved in politics Christianly.

“Christians must be critical thinkers and question the assumptions and conclusions presented to us,” say the authors. “We shouldn’t simply accept the issues as they’ve been framed by political parties, ideological tribes, or the media – because these sources usually aren’t analyzing the issues from the standard of the gospel.”

Compassion (&) Conviction is a practical, easy to understand handbook that you will want to buy so you can reference it as you engage in politics. Keep a pad of paper and a pencil around because this book is bursting at the seams with practical, gospel based advice.

KEY QUOTE: “To avoid or dismiss political engagement is to forgo an important opportunity to help our neighbors and to promote the righteousness and justice that are the foundation of God’s throne (Psalm 89:14).”

BONUS: Check out the videos below to learn what the AND Campaign is all about (first video) and to learn more about the book (second video).

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