Not in It to Win It: Why Choosing Sides Sidelines The Church

Book review by Deane Barker tags: faith

This is another one of those books that should be a blog post.

The basic idea is this: lately – and especially during COVID – people are putting their political affiliation first, and their faith second. They’re Democrats or Republicans first, then maybe Americans second, and then Christians third.

Clearly, the author thinks is all screwed up. I agree, and it’s something I’ve claimed for a long time.

The author seems to be Left-leaning (he closed his church during COVID and was vilified for it). His claim is that, on the right, you have a lot of people who believe that their political choices are the same as their spiritual choices – they think those two things overlay perfectly, so there’s no difference to them.

The author says a lot about Jesus, and how He included everyone and rejected notions of politics. All of this is debatable, I think, and I doubt anyone’s opinion will be changed by this book.

In the end, it got very repetitive. Again, I feel like this was a blog post that someone had to pad out to book length.

So, I agree with it in general, but I’m not sure how effective it is as an opinion-changer.

Book Info

Andy Stanley
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