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I came across this article on CNN (there’s a corresponding video as well). The article is about how young evangelicals represent an important swing-voting bloc and they are not a lock to vote republican as their parents were. The picture above is of Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution (which I’ve read) and Jesus For President (which I haven’t read). I don’t agree with everything Claiborne says, but I appreciate his wake up call to evangelicals to articulate a more holistic political policy that reflects the heart of Jesus.

I thought these lines from the article were interesting: “Their feet are firmly planted on issues dear to both parties. Traditional family values are, as they have been in the past, an important issue. But these voters say views on abortion and homosexuality won’t define them in November. The environment and social justice are moving to the forefront of their discussions.” Again, I wouldn’t associate myself with everything Claiborne articulates, but at the same time I think he’s on to something when it comes to the importance of Christians identifying themselves with Jesus and his agenda, and not too closely with the agenda of any one political party. There’s something wrong with having to decide between abortion and care for the poor, or family values and care of the environment. These are all important to God.

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