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.”
Rev. Eugene Cho is the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW)—a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. In his first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?, he challenges Christians to engage in justice work—not because it’s fashionable or trendy, but because pursuing justice is part of our discipleship as followers of Christ. He is the founder and former senior pastor of Quest Church. Eugene and his wife, Minhee, have three children and live in Seattle, Washington.