The Political Disciple: a Theology of Public Life (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015)

In this brief book, Vincent Bacote encourages Christians to remain involved in public life, rather than withdrawing for fear of alienating non-Christians.

He writes from the perspective of an African-American Christian who discovered that being black and a believer didn’t automatically require that he vote consistently Democrat, as his upbringing suggested, yet who also discovered that the alternatives are not always completely satisfactory, from a biblical point of view, either.

Bacote cautions Christians against an involvement in public life that fosters the perception that ours is an “enemies” political paradigm: that it is “us versus them” and “they” are our enemies. After all, Bacote, points out, Jesus commands us to love even our enemies.

Perhaps due to the brief treatment of the topic (his is one in the Ordinary Theology series by Zondervan), not much attention at all is given to demonstrate exactly how the Christian is to remain involved in public life without alienating others, unnecessarily, and without disobeying the command to love our neighbors.

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