Just Thinking: about the State

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“This volume distills and preserves some of the best of their thinking about biblical Christianity; how we should understand the role of civil government; and how we need to respond to the ideological mess of pottage the church has all but traded her birthright for.”

| Dr. John MacArthur


“So nice I had to read it twice! As expected, Darrell & Virgil pull no punches in “Just Thinking about the State.” It is convicting, biblical, and at times, uncomfortably uncompromising. The Church needs this book, and we need it now.”

| John L. Cooper | Singer for Skillet


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Just Thinking: about the State

by Darrell Harrison & Virgil Walker
©2021 Founders Press
Printed in the United States of America
ISBN: 978-1-943539-23-9

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Weight .8 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .5 in





Introduction | Tom Ascol

Foreword | John MacArthur

Chapter 1 | Government

Chapter 2 | Socialism

Chapter 3 | Capitalism

Chapter 4 | A Social Savior

Chapter 5 | The Born Alive Act

Chapter 6 | Black Lives Matter and Abortion

Chapter 7 | Politics and the Black Church

Chapter 8 | Reparations

Chapter 9 | The Equality Act of 2019

Chapter 10 | Elections


“The ministry which God has entrusted to me is known for engaging false doctrine and false teachers, but I have never witnessed anything so destructive that has been accepted so quickly and so uncritically by so many evangelicals as the Social Justice Movement. It has swept into the church like wildfire and has, to varying degrees, been promoted by voices that have long been trusted as theologically conservative stalwarts of truth. Many Christians are confused as to how to even understand these issues, much less how to biblically engage them – understandably so. Many are afraid of being called a racist if they do not acquiesce to the prevailing cultural winds. This is why I am so profoundly grateful for Just Thinking: About the State. In this book, Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker engage hot-button issues with intellectual rigor and theological precision. They pull no punches and make no apologies in diagnosing the root problems our society faces and in calling Christians to boldly stand on God’s unchanging Word. I am honored to count both Darrell and Virgil as personal friends and could not be more enthusiastic in commending this tremendously helpful resource to you.”


Justin Peters Ministries


“Darrell and Virgil are the familiar voices on “Just Thinking”— the most popular and most influential long-form evangelical podcast in the world. They have a well-deserved reputation for careful analysis, bold clarity, biblical wisdom, and quotable phrasing. Those same qualities distinguish their writing, and that makes this book not only a joy to read, but also an indispensable resource—especially in an age of increasing conflict between Christ and Caesar.”


Executive Director of Grace To You


“So nice I had to read it twice! As expected, Darrell and Virgil pull no punches in “Just Thinking About the State.” It is convicting, biblical, and at times, uncomfortably uncompromising. The Church needs this book, and we need it now.”


Singer for Skillet, Author of “Awake and Alive To Truth”, Host of Cooper Stuff podcast


“Christianity has always had a complicated relationship with civil government, yet as American culture races away from biblical values at an alarming rate, Christians are being forced to think more carefully about what the Bible says about government than they have in the recent past. In Just Thinking: About the State, Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker have provided an invaluable tool to help Christians do just that. The greatest strength of this book is its reliance on the sufficiency and authority of God’s Word in thinking carefully about relevant issues such as the nature of government, capitalism, abortion, politics, ethnicty, and elections. The Bible is not silent about civil government—indeed, God himself instituted it; so Darrell and Virigil wisely and pastorally guide modern Christians to think biblically about these matters in an age when so many extra-biblical ideologies battle for our attention. This is a must-read resource to help Christians discern how to live faithfully in their dual citizenship in the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of men.”


Associate Professor and Director of Doctoral Worship Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


“Rooted deeply in the Scriptures, this book tackles the difficult issues for Christians to balance the role of government and their faith. It’s a great resource for any believer who wants to enter such discussions with facts and not just emotions.”


Senior Pastor, Westside Church, Omaha, Nebraska


“The unpredictable events of the past five years—and especially the last year and a half—have caused believers to give unprecedented consideration to Scripture’s teaching on the Christian’s relationship to government. Spheres of authority, church-state relations, the Christian’s role in the political process, avoiding both escapism and transformationalism, giving to Caesar what is his and to God what is His, showing compassion without devolving into the social gospel, matters of race, justice, and church unity—it has been overwhelming! So many have had to confront these issues in more practical ways than we could have imagined.


Through this tumultuous time, over and over again I have retreated to the sound, biblical counsel of my dear brothers, Darrell and Virgil. They have been God’s gifts of courage and faithfulness in a season of the church’s confusion, obfuscation, and mission drift—prophetic voices of reason to a church gone astray. This book represents the best of that sane, Scripture-saturated commentary that has blessed so many. How must believers bring the Bible to bear on our political views, our participation in the public square, and the hot-button social issues confronting the church today? _Just Thinking: About the State_ is an invaluable resource for answering those questions. Read and be blessed.”


Pastor, Local Outreach Ministries, Grace Community Church


“Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker have served the church well in this superb foundational work as they encourage biblical thinking about the issues of government that are increasingly relevant in our day. May God use their efforts to help shape the thinking of our generation so that generations to come may benefit and so that Christ’s Kingdom may expand and advance.”


 Pastor, Christ Church


“In this excellent work, Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker faithfully contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). As we journey onward toward our eternal home where we will finally and forever be under the visible reign of King Jesus—we must keep our eyes fixed on Christ and exercise biblical discernment along the journey. This is the time for the church to live out the gospel in the public sphere and Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker point out the Christian’s call while urging us to be faithful in this age of compromise.”


Pastor, Pray’s Mill Baptist Church, Founder and President of G3 Ministries


“There is not one single aspect of the Christian life for which a biblical worldview is not both necessary and practical. Every believer in Jesus Christ had better think critically, biblically, and faithfully about engagement in today’s ever-changing public square. Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker make this case abundantly clear in Just Thinking: About the State. It is a must-read for any serious Christian.”


Executive Director, Standing for Freedom Center at Liberty University


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