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Do today's believers know how to be not simply good citizens but good Christian citizens? Are they ready to respond to contemporary public policy issues such as genocide, global AIDS, global warming, and human trafficking according to Scripture rather than any particular political agenda? A growing segment of them are, even if they aren't quite sure how to accomplish it. T ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Crossway Books
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Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I appreciated that Monsma was not pushing an agenda with this book, but rather giving principles by which to make policy choices with a biblical perspective, and not mere theological decisions, but looking at it in terms of, "how can we see justice make headway here?"

Two important points he makes:

1) Justice isn't justice if it only helps one group. This reminds me of conversations I have with my kids - I often have to point out that they don't really want me to be fair, they want me to be unfair
Cedric Aegis
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monsma was a former Democrat politician when he wrote this book, and it shows in some of his opinions. However, as a Christian, he still defended his policy positions from a Biblical worldview and held traditional Christian views on issues of marriage and sexuality. Overall, I didn't agree with everything he had to say, but I did agree with the vast majority of it.
J.E. Jr.
Finally, a book that I can recommend to my congregation about public policy and how to consider their responsibilities in voting!

I’ve been frustrated with the lack of clear and constructive guidance on this topic for a long time. Many American Christians misunderstand what it means to vote in accordance with the principles of their/our faith, and too often this leads to an inappropriate over-alignment with particular political parties, movements, or other “camps.” Before I read this book, I was
Josh Mccoy
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This books gives a very much needed look at politics from the perspective of the Christian faith. Dare I say "unbiased"? Monsma is a politician and a devoted believer that clearly seeks to see his faith play an active role in the daily decisions he makes. This book gives a fantastic and clear synopsis of the gospel and how that plays out in different facets of public life.

The reason I gave it 3 stars while I think so highly of the book is because Monsma fails to help us draw the line or give per
Tim Hoiland
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, politics
Being a good Christian citizen means a lot more than going to the voting booth once every four years and forwarding emails to relatives in the time in between. But an election year is as good a time as any to give some thought to citizenship and what it might mean for us to be good Christian citizens.

Stephen Monsma, author of Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy (Crossway) and former member of the Michigan state House and Senate, believes we need to start with the
Dalaina May
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
While I did not agree with every conclusion drawn, I very much appreciated Mr. Monsma's approach. His appeal to think biblically when approaching politics really challenges many of the common views held among American evangelicals (such as the erroneous "christian nation" view). In particular, I love how he points out that the right tends to care very much about the unborn, while neglecting those very children after they are born, and the left does the opposite. I also liked his explanation on c ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You may well wonder
since I count myself agnostic
and fairly apolitical
I was very concerned that evangelicals
who could do so much good
if they only remembered
their own simple principles
were making some god-awful choices
about what to pursue
Well that's exactly what this book is about
And it restored for me
a belief that amongst Christians
there are still people
who do good in the world
I confess
I lost that belief
during the last Bush administration
I'll leave discussion
where it belongs
amongst believers
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-class
I enjoyed reading this book for my public policy class. The author focuses on a wide variety of policies and how Christians might respond. He argues our response most often in disasters and with controversial policies should be that of solidarity, understanding and humility, treating others like we would want to be treated. He leaves open room for debate and discussion on how best and how effectively to deal with our broken world.
Jerica Bennett
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read!

This book truly calls on the reader to look deep within themselves and take note of their principles that influence their own life choices. Monday brilliantly provides a non-biased analysis on the relationship between Christianity and public policy.
Edy Gies
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
There were some parts of this book that I liked very much and agreed with and others I didn't. Despite my opinions, the book did a good job of making me think and forcing me to formulate opinions based on the Bible and Christian principles rather than conservative politics.
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