Review of “RED LETTER CHRISTIANS: A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics” (By Tony Campolo), Westheights Library Call No. 277. This book is important because as followers of Jesus we need to look to Him as our example of conduct and not just base our opinions on where we fall on the political spectrum. During our Living Red 40 day spiritual adventure, let’s act out our faith.
Amazon.com—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 and pray and act.
“I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Matthew 25:42-43 ESV