Tackling Hostility

My goal is to help Christians stay united without ignoring their social and political responsibility. Christians cannot withdraw from social and political engagement (Jesus is the Lord of everything, including political life) nor may they permit politics to divide them from each other (Ephesians 2 tells us that Christ had ‘broken down the dividing wall of hostility between them”).  Republicans and Democrats ought to be able to worship together in the same church.

– Charlie Drew

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As the next presidential election draws near, American voters and pundits alike are wondering just how big an impact religious and values voters will play in 2012. Christian Americans are deciding where, and with whom, they will stand on key issues. But, the church has often been as politically divided as the culture, leading many Christians to withdraw from politics altogether and even distance themselves from believers of a different political persuasion. In Body Broken: Can Republicans and Democrats Sit in the Same Pew? (New Growth Press, 2012), Charles D. Drew addresses this enmity among Christian political activists and supplies workable solutions to finding common ground without abandoning personal convictions… or each other.

In this updated and revised version of A Public Faith (NavPress 2000), Drew helps readers to develop practical biblical convictions about critical social and political issues, while also keeping the peace. Carefully distinguishing between moral principle and political strategy, Body Broken equips people of faith to build their activism upon a thoughtful and biblical foundation. This balanced approach will provide readers—Democrats, Republicans, or Independents—with solid scriptural tools for decision making. A sensitive and thorough treatise on true Christian citizenship and responsibility, Body Broken prepares Christians of all political perspectives to understand how they can practice servanthood, cooperation and integrity in today’s public square.

Emphasizing the importance of unity in the church, despite differing views, Drew provides those who care deeply about their faith as well as the church’s corporate calling in the world with an alternative to polarizing fear and hatred. He assists Christians in navigating their political differences without panic and resentment, teaching them to respond instead with love and understanding. With questions at the end of each chapter to help readers explore and apply these principles, Body Broken will train believers to actively engage with political issues while at the same time standing united as a church.

Author Bio: Charles D. Drewreceived his education at Harvard (BA in English) and Westminster Seminary(M. Div.). Hehas pastored for thirty years in Virginia, Long Island and New York, all in university settings. He presently serves as the senior minister of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, which he founded in 2000 near Columbia University. Drew speaks frequently to universities and churches and is also the author of A Public Faith: Bringing Personal Faith to Public Issues, An Ancient Love Song: Finding Christ in the Old Testament and A Journey Worth Taking: Finding Your Purpose in This World.He and his wife Jean, a science teacher at the Brearly School in Manhattan, have two married children and two grandchildren. Sailing and music are two of Charles’ great loves.


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