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Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late

Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late [Kindle Edition]

James Robison , Jay W. Richards

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"Everywhere I go, Christians have a sense of urgency concerning reclaiming the prophetic voice of the Church in the culture. INDIVISIBLE gives us a framework for understanding and advancing God's agenda in our lifetime. As an African-American leader, I applaud the sensitivity and clarity with which James Robison and Jay Richards have addressed "biblical justice" issues. Their heart for the poor and the least among us is clear, and their biblical solutions are revolutionary. It's time for the true rainbow coalition'to come forth. This coalition is indivisible as it relates to believing God's covenant. It is indivisible as it relates to unity in the body of Christ. Finally, it's indivisible as it relates to walking our talk in the communities in which we live. As you peruse the pages of this excellent work, may you receive the inspiration to become an agent of His will in your own life, in your family, in your church and in our nation."--Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church, President, High, Impact Leadership Coalition, Presiding Bishop of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches

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A book, geared towards conservative Christians with mass appeal, that connects Biblical principles with practical politics to have a lasting impact on our culture.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00C2IFQA2
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (20 Feb 2012)
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  • Language: English
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86 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't cherry-pick when it comes to freedom 21 Feb 2012
By Ryan Freed - Published on
This book is a thorough survey of what has become the greatest debate of our time--the role of the government in our lives and the prospect for personal freedom. This is unabashedly a Christian conservative book. As such, it will be disregarded off hand by anyone who leans away from the religious right. But that would be a terrible mistake. Like another awesome book on the modern political system, Juggernaut: Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save It, this book delves into some of the most fascinating paradoxes of the modern world and shows just how twisted it has become. It is an argument that everyone can appreciate, no matter what his political stripe is.

The insight begins with the title. What exactly is indivisible anyway? The authors bring up the fact that freedom cannot be divided between fiscal and social issues. If you want freedom, you must strive for freedom in both. This is where the interesting part comes in. When the authors say that one must strive for freedom, they are not saying that one must be able to do whatever they want to do. As they put it, freedom is "getting to do what you don't want to do, not to do what you want to do." And by taking this frame, the authors make the claim that, in order to defend freedom, you not only have to prevent government intrusion on the fiscal and economic plane, but also on the social plane.

To be sure, the authors oppose government intervention in fiscal areas, but they also oppose government intrusion in the social realm as well. What is interesting is that they don't take this to mean that we should legalize everything from abortion to gay marriage. To the authors, defending freedom in the social realm is to in fact defend laws against things like abortion and gay marriage.

This might seem a little counter-intuitive at first glance. This is how the logic works: The authors bring up an important point: In the beginning of the country, religious freedom was seen as important so that no state government could impose its brand of religion on its citizens. Now the situation has flipped. No longer is there a need to prevent state governments from imposing its religion, it is necessary to prevent state governments from imposing its atheism on its subjects. It used to be that free thinkers were the main beneficiaries of religious freedom; now the truly religious are the only ones who can benefit. Ultimately, the moral of the story is the same: the only way that people can exist side-by-side together in a complex society is if they are able to practice their religion freely without encumbrance from the government. If you have this foundation, you have a thriving people, determined to produce for themselves and capable of conducting the trade essential for productivity and growth. Without this foundation, you have a calumnious people, determined to fight each other until their way of life is protected.

Government is supposed to be non-religious, that is true. But it is also supposed to be limited. When government expands the way it has in the last several decades, its non-religious foundation means that there are atheistic standards infiltrating our day-to-day activities. Sure, we can be religious outside of our affiliations with government, but, increasingly, it is becoming harder to do anything outside of government's purview.

An excellent read for anyone interested in the big battle going on these days.
38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Comprehensive, and Relevant 24 Feb 2012
By Bunni - Published on
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I scream at the top of my lungs when I read a book about politics that is not practical. This book is practical. It frustrates me when I read a book about politics that is inspiring but doesn't give any "red meat" on how ordinary people can win the debate. This book, INDIVISIBLE, has TONS of red meat.

There are many things I love about this book.

First of all, I love that a minister highly respected in the evangelical community such as James Robison teamed up with a Catholic scholar because he was the best person to co-write the book with. Period! That, my friends, is John 17 lived out.

Secondly, I love that James and Jay deal with the national debt, the problem with entitlements, and our national fiscal crisis in a way that Christians can understand the debate and also gives them ways to communicate the issues and take action.

Thirdly, I love that the authors not only take on the fiscal issues, but they show why the moral and cultural debates in this country on life, marriage, and God is the public square cannot be ignored because they are the underlying fabric that is unraveling around us. As individual lives and families fall apart, our country one life at a time needs healing. We have to reverse the trends.

Though our national problems seem to be so big and overwhelming at times, we can reverse these problems one life at a time and one issue at a time; but we have to get engaged in the issues with our families, our friends, our churches, and our communities. We have to remember that it is an inside outside work that only God can do, but he uses individual God empowered people to make a difference.

We can make a difference in America as individuals and James and Jay give us all a great resource to lean on in INDIVISIBLE.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Christian-American call to values in the political square -- more nuanced than you would think 29 Feb 2012
By JS Park - Published on
A call to faith-filled values back in the political square, Indivisible may come off as a conservative checklist of Right-Wing ideologies, and while there are certainly such far-right views, we hear two gentle voices that are passionate about Christian-American ideals.

While they might not quickly change anyone's mind, this sobering work on a wide range of issues -- marriage, abortion, war, business, immigration, parenting, poverty, capitalism, the environment -- is a biblically informed admonition that will organize your thoughts about God and the government. Some chapters are better than others, but Robison and Richards are careful to be nuanced, fair, and clear. Every chapter details not only the problem, but outlines solutions as we look forward to the future of the nation.

I've always been extremely uncomfortable with two topics: Money and Politics. It feels like the church always degrades itself when it comes to these two areas because the church has constantly failed when it's tempted by either. Talking politics in the church never goes well for very long, and many will either ignore it in the pulpit and the pews or will rally for a particular issue at the expense of genuine discourse. To say it plainly, the church is too turned on or too turned off by the political realm. But at some point, we do need to talk about it. The political machine will keep running amidst our denial or relish, and we must get involved somehow.

Indivisible is almost an introductory course on conservative values. The authors instantly tackle the idea of "conservative values." God is neither a Democrat or Republican, nor does He advocate public policies in the Bible. But of course, certain conservative values overlap with biblical ones, and not all public policies can be deemed right. At least some must contradict Christian principles. So both "liberals" and "conservatives" must submit to Scriptural authority, not a self-identifying manifesto.

The book is careful not to automatically subscribe to traditional conservative thought "just because," and this is where it becomes a much more relatable, fleshed out work than the shrill cries of picketers. There are also solutions offered in every chapter which makes this work much more than just a list of Far-Right complaints.

Any work on politics with strong convictions will be immediately divisive. I admit I'm not heavily versed in many of the issues, so a work like this was daunting: I approached with little enthusiasm and more of an open-minded curiosity. But James Robison and Jay Richards write with a crisp, clear-headed voice, always espousing their views with sound reasoning and biblical truth. They are sensitive to the people involved yet never soften their tone.

Many times Robison and Richards present their views with an eye for all angles. Any time I almost expected a simplistic argument, they would turn a corner into practical, meaningful discussion. Case in point: Their chapter on immigration was unexpected. They are greatly sympathetic towards immigrants. There is a difference between illegal immigration and the immigrants themselves, and we often don't make this distinction. Their stance against illegal immigration is obvious, but they are pro-immigrants and seem to want our borders to be accessible. Neither a mass deportation or a mass amnesty are reasonable solutions.

Other views are expected and backed up with research and the Bible -- pro-military, pro-life, for traditional marriage, limited government, stronger private property laws, specialized job training, creating wealth instead of redistribution, and reformed aid policies. Even when I didn't comply with their entire viewpoint, I more or less admired their proposed solutions as workable wisdom.

If your knowledge is slim on the free market, government policies, and how to really help the poor, then you'll find a lot to learn here. You may not agree with everything written, but the information is well researched and easy to read. Again, anyone set in stone about politics will not readily come to the same conclusions -- perhaps even be angry about some of the views -- but you cannot deny that Robison and Richards have a loving heart for people.

Every chapter ends with "What Should We Do?" and I wish some of the offered solutions had been longer than a page. They do offer some pragmatic everyday wisdom for even those who are not so involved (like me). Some of the solutions are also a bit too philosophical or psychological, spoken with over-idealistic zeal.

I'm sure someone much smarter than me can also tell the other side of the story, as Robison and Richards usually stick close to one side. They champion capitalism and the free market as the best option available for the economy, but I wonder how they would attempt to fix the corruption that has caused our American market to collapse.

There are also more than a few times where information is not cited or only cited from a single source that is passed on as absolute fact. I don't necessarily agree with the majority every time -- there's reason usually not to -- but when a bevy of research points one way, it seems strange to point to one irregular source as the key to go against the grain.

Bottom Line:
Whether you're interested in politics or not, Indivisible does a thorough job of connecting faith with values without telling you what to believe. Never condescending nor crass, James Robison and Jay Richards ultimately love God and love people. As with any political view, you may find yourself disagreeing on smaller semantics, but here we're offered a nuanced breakdown of our nation's largest problems with solutions looking forward. This is a solid guide on how the Bible informs our political inner-culture.

Disclaimer: I was given a promotional copy of this book by the DeMoss Group for review purposes. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

This review was originally written on my blog, The Way Everlasting.
54 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed 20 Feb 2012
By C L - Published on
Very powerful, insightful. Authors bring a unified Christian perspective to what is needed, how it applies to each Christian family. Every American needs to read this book. Every lover of liberty needs to read this book.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars making a difference for faith and freedom 21 Feb 2012
By storms - Published on
this is a very amazing book. two very famous christian writers/speakers from different denominominations teamed up to share their top concerns and issues that are facing america and how people of faith can change america they also share inspirational quotes by some of the most inspiring people that show you how you can use your life and faith to make a difference great gift idea for a friend or family member. also recamended:anything by dinish d souza,billy graham,father jonathan morris,franklin graham,anne graham lotz,ruth graham,bill chastain , norman c chastain
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