Book Review: You Will Be Made To Care

You Will Be Made To Care, by Erick Erickson with Bill Blankschaen

[Note: This book was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.]

In order to understand this book, and its author, a bit of context is important. Erickson is a well-known blogger and political commentator and radio host, among other interests, and as a longtime follower of the website he used to edit, RedState, as well as his current Resurgent Morning Agenda, he would have a regular discussion of the way that leftists in our society (and in other Western nations) have an abiding interest not only to oppose godly ways among the general body of citizens, and to punish people for speaking or acting according to biblical truth in the public, but also to oppose even those who silently and quietly oppose such matters. His statement about the following issues, which he has used frequently in the years I have read his material, is “you will be made to care.” Either one will succumb to the incubus of the progressive left and adopt their misbegotten worldview, or one will be motivated to direct and open opposition to that worldview. And it is in light of that reality of our culture wars that Erickson writes this work of current events political journalism.

In terms of its contents, the author aims for a thematic organization. Various chapters examine the history of progressivism, the abuse of governmental power that shows a marked similarity to Hitler’s Germany, and various social and cultural issues ranging from education to business to the leftist obsession with “pelvic issues” like abortion, homosexuality, and gender identity [1], as well as the simultaneous demonstration of hostility to Confederate history, which the author views to be related [2]. The author writes passionately and in a detailed fashion about all kinds of disastrous Supreme Court decisions, selective enforcement of laws, hostility to Christianity on college campuses and the official abuse of power against those who think and behave, even quietly, according to that which is right in any public fashion, yet the call is not a call to arms as much as it is a call to repentance and also a call to unity in a broad coalition that seeks to defend religious freedom and preserve culture, and also to recognize that however Progressives may be deluded about the inevitably of success, they will eventually fail because they act contrary to nature and truth and because God is sovereign over all. The book has a sort of postmillennial Calvinistic optimism about it, showing the author’s own religious beliefs even as it points out the obvious evils of the spirit of our age.

In looking at what is aimed at here, we see a consistent approach to nonviolent but persistent resistance to progressive oppression—refusal to apologize for believing and behaving rightly, refusing to accept second-class status, and refusing to be silent and self-censor, thus conceding the town square to contemporary leftist idiocy, while retaining love and concern for those who oppose, and seeking their repentance to God and to His ways. In order to oppose the evils of the left, the author promotes a vision of community of like-minded people, an individual commitment to honest and genuine faith, a revival of family concern and faithfulness in marriage, a revival of the Church, and then a revival of Christian citizenship, an appealing and worthwhile vision even for those of us who, like myself, tend to be easily isolated. In the author’s mind, those who speak the truth are likely to face persecution, including the loss of jobs, fines, and the threat of jail. In other words, it will be just as safe to be a Christian blogger speaking the truth to corrupt power here as it is in Thailand, but that we should speak bravely anyway, even knowing the risks, knowing that one is looking towards a heavenly and eternal reward. This book is a powerful blueprint for a Christian counterculture, both grimly realistic about the evils of the present age as well as ultimately hopeful in eventual and ultimate victory.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/book-review-end-of-discussion/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/to-love-what-god-loves-and-to-hate-what-god-hates/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/book-review-me/

[2] https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/the-right-thing-done-the-wrong-way-is-the-wrong-thing/

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