Bill Haslam, two-term governor of Tennessee, shows how faith, far too often divisive and contentious, can be a redemptive and unifying presence in the public square.
As a former may and governor, Bill Haslam has spent much time at the center of politics and policy on local, state, and federal levels. His faith has consistently guided him and influenced his actions on issues ranging from topics such as capital punishment, pardons, health care, abortion, welfare, and college tuition issues. Since our nation's founding the place of faith in public life has been hotly debated, and the relationship between church and state remains contentious even today, for good reason. Bill Haslam argues that Christians end up shaping their faith to fit their politics, instead of forming their politics to fit their faith. They forget their calling is to be used by God in service of others, instead of using God to reach their desires and ends.
Faithful Presence demands a different way. Drawing upon his years of public service, Haslam casts a remarkable vision for the redemptive role of faith in politics while examining some of the most complex issues of our time, including:
- Partisanship in our divided era
- The most essential character trait for a public servant
- How we cannot escape legislating morality
- The answer to perpetual outrage
- How to think about the separation of church and state
For Christians eager to be the salt and light, as well as those of a different faith or no faith at all, Faithful Presence argues that faith can be a redemptive, healing presence in the public square, and it must be if our nation is to flourish.