Raised Right is written by Alisa Harris and details her journey from right-wing-abortion clinic picketing-child, to where she is now. Harris grew up in a very politically conservative family and began her career as an activist early. She picketed at abortion clinics with her family from a young age, and was raised thinking that being raised “Right” was the only way to form a Biblical worldview. As her world began to expand in college and beyond, she found her “right” way of thinking challenged, and she began her journey from a right-winger to someone somewhere to the left of middle.
Harris says that she wrote this book to help others in her generation to figure out where they fit politically. Like her, many of us who were raised in evangelical America were brought up in pretty conservative homes, and a good number of us (ahem, me) had/have a limited understanding or tolerance for the views of others, thinking that God must be a Republican. Many of us have moved away from this narrow mindset, but we don’t know exactly where we fit. So many of the values that we hold dear seem to be contradicted by the “left”, but what about the other values (feeding the poor, providing for the needy, fighting for the oppressed) that are also things that Christ taught about—often more than the things we think of as being so important.
Well, I was “raised right” and sometimes have trouble figuring out where I stand now, so I was immediately drawn into this book. There were a lot of points that really resonated with me (see paragraph above), but I still completely disagree with her position on abortion. Harris is still anti-abortion, but basically says that “you can oppose something without believing the government has to forbid it” (p. 178). I say that if life begins at conception, then elective abortion is equivalent to murder, and we do have laws against that. I do agree that “some pro-lifers are blind to the fact that in the battle to defend the value of unborn life, they sometimes devalue the lives of the already born” (p. 173). When considering who to vote for in the most recent presidential election, Harris refused to make abortion her deal breaker, rationalizing that no Republican has ever been able to reverse Roe v. Wade, and it is unlikely that it will ever happen, so why not focus on reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and supporting those who find themselves in what can be a very scary time. Doesn’t sound like bad reasoning to me.
Lots of rambling here, but all in all, this was a really good book that I really enjoyed and found myself challenged by. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who was raised in evangelical America and who has ever questioned their political upbringing. And guess what! You have the chance to win a copy!! WaterBrook Multnomah gave me two copies of the book, and one of them could be yours! Just leave a comment on this post for one entry, and post a link on your own blog (and then link up with it in another comment) for one more entry. Giveaway will end on Saturday and I will announce a winner on Monday, October 24. You can sneak a peak at the first chapter here.
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