I’ve been waiting for a book like this for a long time: Carl Trueman’s Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative. I’ve often felt out-of-place among Christians when it comes to politics, since I don’t buy the scare tactics and logic of Fox News and those talk shows like it, since I don’t equate Christianity and American capitalism and ideals, and since I hesitate to vote Republican. The premise of Trueman’s book sold me from the outset. Here it is.
“Conservative Christianity does not require conservative politics or conservative cultural agendas” (p. xix).
Here are a few more parts that I appreciate. Trueman says that one reason he wrote the book is because he’s afraid the evangelical church is “in danger of alienating a significant section of its people…through too tight a connection between conservative party politics and Christian fidelity” (p. xx). Furthermore,
“The gospel cannot and must not be identified with partisan political posturing” (p. xxv).
“I believe that on certain issues there is no obviously ‘Christian’ position” (p. 18).
“The politics of nations and the destiny of God’s people, the church, must never be identified.” “We have no basis for absolutizing the social organization and the attendant institutions, practices, and values of our passing present than anybody in ages past” (p. 35, 67).
“Christians must realize that capitalism has brought great goods in its wake; but it is not an unmixed blessing, and some of the things about which Christians become most hot under the collar, from the reshaping of the family to the ease of access to abortion, are not unconnected to the system that they often admire with so little critical reflection” (p. 77).
In this book, Trueman talks about the “unbiased” new reporting of Fox (I chuckle just writing that) and shows that Fox isn’t all it’s cut out to be. He also talks about capitalism with a level (and not idolatrous) head and wrestles with the odd notion of America as God’s nation. I also appreciated the part where he explains the lack of logic and reason in political arguments – politics in America is more about looks and style than real political agenda (how else could Sarah Palin actually get a vote?). He also argues well, in my opinion, that politics isn’t as black and white (Republican v Democrat) as many commentators and Americans like to think.
I’ll be getting a few extra copies of this book to give out; I really think this should be in the library of solid Christians who are also into politics. It is an easier read, and just 110 pages. Also, the price is right – $5.99 right now at the WTS bookstore. Enjoy it, even if you disagree!