We Cannot Be Silent
We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (who is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is quite possibly one of the most important books I've read this year. In a culture where Christians are being pushed constantly and punished for upholding Biblical beliefs and are told we should keep our beliefs and moral ideologies to ourselves, Dr. Mohler tells us why it's important not to give in to the pressure to remain silent and hide our beliefs about sexuality and moral theology. The book description reads:
"Twenty years ago, not one nation on earth had legal same-sex marriage. Now, access to same-sex marriage is increasingly seen as a basic human right. In a matter of less than a generation, western cultures have experienced a moral revolution.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler examines how this transformation occurred, revealing the underlying cultural shifts behind this revolution: the acceptance of divorce culture, liberation of sex from reproduction, the prevalence of heterosexual cohabitation, the normalization of homosexuality, and the rise of the transgender movement. He then offers a deep look at how the Bible and Christian moral tradition provide a comprehensive understanding upon which Christians can build their personal lives, their marriages, church ministry, and cultural engagement.
Dr. Mohler helps Christians in their understanding of the underlying issues of this significant cultural shift and how to face the challenge of believing faithfully, living faithfully, and engaging the culture faithfully in light of this massive change."
I am so excited that such a respected theologian has come out with a book on this timely and incredibly important topic. As someone who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, the cultural shift I've witnessed in my lifetime has been dramatic and shocking. Being married and having children makes the issue of Christian sexuality that much more important to me. It truly scares me that my children are being raised in the midst of this oftentimes wicked and perverse generation. Dr. Mohler skillfully lays out the issues involved and why Christians need to stand up and continue to proclaim our beliefs (with grace, mercy, and truth) as opposed to just sitting down and giving up. I highly recommend this book to any Christian who is struggling with how to handle this massive cultural shift. It's a pretty quick, easy read that is straightforward and interesting. I appreciate that Dr. Mohler is so clear on being compassionate to everyone, regardless of their lifestyle or beliefs, while still proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God's positions on marriage and sexuality. I think every Christian can benefit from reading this book.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.