Melody believes if every Christian will shine their light (Christ in them) brightly, no matter the cost, we will live the most fulfilled life ever imagined. She started a Christian nonprofit in 2010 called Hesed Consulting, where she assists other nonprofits in the area of financial and human resources development. Melody has a heart for people and seeing the body of Christ unified. Hence, Christianity and Politics is an overflow of this passion. To allow something as worldly as politics to divide us plays into the strategic hands of the enemy. This book is written to Christians who find unrest in the weight of politics and its ability to divide the Church and harm relationships. Melody prays that your spirit is quieted after reading her book and you are freed to politic from biblical conviction and insight, versus loyalty to this world’s systems.
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Christianity and Politics: A Biblical Discussion of God’s Intent for His Church and Government Memory Melody Gardner @ 2012 Non-fiction; religion Christianity and Politics Cover not typical for subject matter $14.99 ISBN 978-1-62230-313-7 Theme: Politics has the power to divide Christians on multiple levels which grieves God’s heart. Thesis: The author concludes that Government has its clearly defined role (to act justly toward the people) and the Church has our clearly defined role (to live out and proclaim ‘thus says the Lord’). If each group would do what only they can do, the confusion around politics would disappear. The author wrote Christianity and Politics because a relationship with a dear friend crumbled, never to reconcile over politics. She gives background information and charts which are necessary to build the foundation for the various subjects. She stays true to the genre of Christian non-fiction. The author is writing to a younger audience who needs to understand the traps politics can set for achieving healthy relationships and an older audience wanting to be set free from the hold politics has on their lives. The author uses an informal, discussion style to communicate points. She systematically takes reader through the history of the confusion and then elaborates on specific issues that have a tendency to divide people. I was deeply impacted by this book. I believe this book achieved its goal to understand how something like politics can destroy relationships. I would highly recommend it to others who find unrest in light of politics but want to find peace around this subject. I believe the author kept the observations and solutions objective. If this book has a weakness, it would be on scholarship. The author mainly uses the Bible and articles to defend her position. Law and medical journal articles would have bolstered her credibility. The book is a quick read, but leaves you chewing on each point once finished.