We Cannot Be Silent, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
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This book is a rousing call to arms for Evangelicals concerning the need to speak out against societal sin. That said, this is a book that will surprise most of its readers, both with its unapologetic tone about the need to preach the Gospel completely, without compromise, despite the fact that it is contrary to the spirit of our times, and with its refusal to take comfort in easy dismissal or labeling of others. This is a rare book that manages to be both nuanced in its insight as well as devastatingly blunt in its language; no one will confuse what the author is saying, whether he is lamenting an increasingly antibiblical culture or taking nominally Christian parents to task for their failure to educate their children in sound worldviews. As an author who both asks and answers some tough questions, it is striking that this book was mostly written before the recent Supreme Court decision, as it was extremely presciently done.
In terms of its contents, this book is divided into a few chapters, all of which deal openly and honestly with the controversial aspects of sexuality insofar as they relate to Christianity, with a broad and long-term approach. The opening chapter reflects on the feeling of dread many Evangelical Christians feel in the wake of the massive and rapid shifts in societal views towards morality, before pulling back and looking at the ways in which same-sex marriage followed a general decline in marital stability and general sexual virtue in society at large. After this the book looks at such matters as the agenda of homosexual activists, the “impossible possibility” of same sex marriage, and the looming societal threat of the trangender revolution. The author then looks at the decline of marriage as Christians view it–not merely an erotic bond but a covenant with clear mutual obligations and a connection with the future and the past. The author then continues his examination with a look at what the Bible says about sex, being just as hard on the sexually immoral of all stripes and flavors, before looking at the compassion of truth and a series of hard questions, followed by a word to the reader in light of the recent and illegitimate Supreme Court decision.
This book presents itself as an interesting challenge. For one, it is unlikely that a book like this, or a blog entry like this one, will long be protected under the freedom of speech. After all, the freedom of worship is more about worship services and more about the content of religious beliefs, and the fact that the United States was founded at least in part on the freedom to believe and to act on those beliefs, a freedom that is increasingly threatened by the left-wing mullahs of our society and others in the Western World. There are at least two hard questions in particular that this book addresses that carry with them serious implications. For one, to what extent are many Christians who believe what the Bible says willing to speak the truth in a culture where speaking the truth is considered a criminal act, with the threat of prison or exile. For another, to what extent does seeking to draw from the cultural Christian background and the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church lead Evangelicals into some sort of alliance with Rome over these moral issues against a secular society that increasingly resembles the anti-religious left of corrupt and decadent Europe?