Monday, November 14, 2016

"You Will Be Made to Care" by Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen: A Review

Call it postmodernism, secularism, or jut crazying - whatever you call it, it's raging through our culture like a wildfire. Right now we're in a time of sifting and testing of our culture that will reveal what we really believe to be true. The pace at which the transformation is taking place is breathtaking. Just ten years ago, same-sex marriage was unthinkable. Today we're talking about taking tax-exempt status from churches because they don't approve it? And what's next? Let's have polygamy, throuples, group marriage, or any other combination you can dream up - all of these have already been called for since the disaster of Obergefell, and not from fringe groups but from mainstream media source.s This is where we're headed.

For many of us, it feels as if society has lost its mind in an adolescent effort to try something new and bold. Anything for progress! . . . But it will get better. God always wins. (193-194)

The sexual revolution has proven to be, perhaps more than anything, hostile to religion and its free exercise. The totalitarian left, now in ascendancy fueled by a new sexual revolution, is going out of its way to attack people of faith. Their end game is not merely the normalization of sexual lifestyles like, but not limited to, homosexuality, transgenderism, bisexuality, and open relationships, nor their legalization (as Obergefell proved), but approval. Or, as Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen describe it in their book You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe.

Erickson and Blankschaen offer yet another book published recently warning Americans that our first freedom - the freedom of conscience and religion - is under assault and quickly eroding. Erotic liberty is quickly replacing religious liberty. It is not enough that one's sexual and gender choices are tolerated, they must be celebrated. You will be made to care.

In this vein, the authors offer some of the same warnings available in other equally helpful books recently published. It was evident prior to its decree, but the legalization of same-sex marriage opened Pandora's box to undermine one's right to descent against the left both privately and publicly. Yet the authors offer more than that. First, the authors walk the reader through the worldview of totalitarian left who are working overtime to undermine the American Constitution. Secularists views the world differently and thus struggle to understand the mind of the faithful.

Perhaps the most helpful portion of the book, at least to me, is found in this portion of the book. The left presumes that given enough time and emotional appeal (history is on their side after all right?) even people of faith will discard millennia of tradition and conviction in favor of the new sexual revolution. Thus when people of faith refuse to recant and worship Eros, they presume believers have ulterior and questionable motives. You know the terms: bigotry, racism, sexism, homphobia, transphobia. People of faith are boxed into their "basket of deplorables."

Related to this is the secular faith in progress. The authors trace this to the Hegelian "Geist" where progress is good - divine even. The authors calls this secular dogma "The Gospel of Societal Evolution" and it lies at the core of their erotic religion. History is, by definition and faith, on their side. To stand against societal progress is to stand against their divine.

Grasp this, I believe, and you will understand the core difference between people of faith and the sexualized left.

The final section of the book focuses on what conservatives in general and people of faith in particular must do moving forward. The authors are not "bitter clingers" but happy warriors. No doubt we have work to do, but the reader needs to know the gospel of Christ has overcome greater enemies than a movement that involves rainbow bumper stickers.

But there is good news: Christianity is growing worldwide, even in places like China and Saudi Arabia. And the religion that withstood Nero and Hitler, and even now withstands ISIS, can withstand a bunch of angry people in comfortable shoes who need rainbow stickers on their cars to tell us who they are.

The resurgence is already underway. And it is led by the One who cannot fail. (32)

In the end, Erickson and Blankschaen offer a well-written and insightful book that both prophetically warns and refocuses our efforts on what matters moving forward. Unless America recovers its tradition of faith, it will lose its tradition of liberty. But we are not there yet.
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