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THOU SHALT NOT BE A JERK
VCC Book Discussion led by Pastor Brad Dewing
September 24—October 22
Thursday Evenings, 8pm
In our extremely polarized political climate, Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk equips us to engage with politics while staying rooted in Christlike discipleship. Author Eugene Cho reminds us that we find our hope not in a politician or nation, but in the person of Jesus Christ. And from that foundation, we can walk with integrity, vote with conviction, listen to the hurting—and always remember that God is still sovereign over all.
9/24 Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2
10/1 Chapters 3 & 4
10/8 Chapters 5 & 6
10/15 Chapters 7 & 8
10/22 Chapters 9 & 10, Afterword
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According to Eugene Cho, Christians should never profess blind loyalty to a party. Any party. But they should engage with politics, because politics inform policies which impact people.
In Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics, Cho encourages readers to remember that hope arrived—not in a politician, system, or great nation—but in the person of Jesus Christ.
With determination and heart, Cho urges readers to stop vilifying those they disagree with—especially the vulnerable—and asks Christians to follow Jesus and reflect His teachings. In this book that integrates the pastoral, prophetic, practical, and personal, readers will be inspired to stay engaged, have integrity, listen to the hurting, and vote their convictions.
“When we stay in the Scriptures, pray for wisdom, and advocate for the vulnerable, our love for politics, ideology, philosophy, or even theology, stop superseding our love for God and neighbor.”