"How Would God Vote?"

Michael Medved

7/1/2008 9:28:57 AM - Michael Medved
The campaign of 2008 has already witnessed the dramatic rise of the Religious Left, with Barack Obama and other liberals claiming scriptural authority for their big government versions of compassion. In this context, “How Would God Vote?”, the explosive new book by David Klinghoffer, provides an invaluable response. The subtitle says “Why the Bible Commands You to be a Conservative” and the book digs deep into scriptural text to emphasize that the Almighty demands individual commitment, rather than asking human beings to satisfy their obligations to their nieghbors through impersonal government policy. The Bible also makes clear God’s hatred for certain ideas and values – most of them associated with contemporary liberalism. Scriptural support for man-woman marriage, and opposition to "follow your heart" morality, are obvious. More unexpectedly, Klinghoffer sees an aggressive foreign policy as un-Biblical, making the important point that the Judeo-Chritisan tradition quite naturally emphasizes domestic policy above international concerns. As former literary editor of National Review, and author of previous acclaimed volumes on Abraham and Jesus ("The Discovery of God," "Why the Jews Rejected Jesus"), David Klinghoffer is perfectly situated as both a veteran conservative and respected religious scholar to make this important contribution to public discourse. Some GOP partisans may object to his view of religious approaches to immigration or foreign policy, but they’ll still feel refreshed and stimulated by this entertaining, important, occasionally inspiring and perfectly timed book.