Raised Right by Alisa Harris
As a child of evangelicals, homeschooled, and taught the conservative-Republican Christian way of thinking, Harris was on the front-lines of political activism before she could talk. As a baby she was in her parents arms on the picket lines of protest against injustice and the moral decline of America. As a teenager she was passionate about her faith and just as passionate about politics. Never questioning what she was taught.
While in college, in her words, “And then I burned out” she tired of confrontation and the compulsion to argue with anyone who held views different from hers. After college, as a journalist, Harris found that some questions do not have easy answers and that discussion is more than snappy campaign slogans. She began to understand that “We can make political the things that are political and make spiritual the things that are spiritual. Sin and pain are spiritual–we treat them in a spiritual way…But when injustice, robbery, and inequity are not just individual but institutional, it’s time to take a political stand”.
Harris has moved from her parents political beliefs but remains with them in her spiritual foundation. From them she learned to care about, and for, others and to love not just with words but with actions. This is what she is trying to live and hopes to pass on to the next generation.
Whatever your political leanings Alisa Harris’ journey that she shares in Raised Right will give you some understanding of this generation of concerned and politically active young Christians. You will learn a bit about where they come from, how they got to where they are, and what they hope for the future.
This book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for this review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers.