I told you earlier that I have the privilege of serving on the launch team for You Will Be Made To Care by Erick Erickson and Bill Bill Blankschaen. My first task was to read the book, which I was primed to like, because I have been reading Erick Erickson’s thoughts online for several years. I consider that this book dives much deeper into the problem posed by Andy Andrews in 2012 when he wrote How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Andrews tried to point out how the inaction of Christians contributed to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, and he drew a parallel between that fear-driven inaction and an atrocity that no Christian should have participated in.
Erick approaches the problem by warning Christians what is already happening in our country, demonstrating that quiet, polite acceptance of the crosses being thrown at us is not slowing or weakening the onslaught against religious liberty in twenty-first century USA. If you have read many of my posts, you know that I believe this problem is escalating. Below is my review of Erickson’s book after focusing tightly on it for about a week.
Josh Craddock, writing in the Witherspoon’s Public Discourse blog, says, “Postmodern people think of humanity and the material world as infinitely malleable, subject to individuals who fashion reality according to the objects of their will. Christians and other pre-moderns believe that every thing—including mankind—possesses an essential nature by virtue of what the thing is. In other words, reality isn’t optional, it’s objective. The result of this chasm is that American citizens not only fail to reach the same conclusions from what they observe, they do not even see the same things to begin with because of their presuppositions about the nature of reality.”
Erick Erickson’s book You Will Be Made To Care says exactly the same thing in 19 chapters anchored to 392 citations where you can dig deep if you really want to understand contemporary culture. These shocking truths are reshaping our culture, our government and our legal philosophy.
If you are a Christian who is reeling daily at such shocking developments on the moral, social and political front in the USA, you are not alone. You Will Be Made To Care is comforting if there is comfort in shared misery. If you have suspected that Christians are in the crosshairs of the media, the culture and maybe even the government, you will find confirmation of your worst fears in this book.
If you have struggled to make cogent, coherent arguments to support your view when you are accused of being a bigoted, homophobic Neanderthal who is on the wrong side of history, this book will give you helpful material to use in self-defense. 392 endnotes will point you to many other resources in your search for help to survive the onslaught against moral principles and social standards you thought were absolute.
Perhaps more importantly, Erick’s book will feel like a dinner-table conversation with a good friend. While the book is a tremendous resource, it is also powerfully inspiring. In 2012, during the campaigns and on election day, many good, moral, hurting people sat out the whole process, because they could not see any hope in any of the options available to them. This book will surely inspire many of those people to believe it is worth the effort to enter the fray. Readers will meet people who are deep in the struggle, suffering yet standing strong for the principles of their faith, living their faith when it is costly. The people you meet in this book will prod you to believe that it is worthwhile to go ahead and live by your principles, because the potential to influence the nation for good is worth the price you will pay in personal pain. These people’s statements resonate with faith and confidence in God, not themselves, and if Christian people are to begin to speak, to act and to vote with confidence, they must put their confidence in God. This is a key principle of the book. Erick is not rousing the rabble; he is calling out the faithful.
Many who see standards they once regarded as bulwarks of civilization falling before a Satanic onslaught in the name of progress feel bullied and defeated before they take a step or speak a word. Readers of Erick’s book will be pointed to the heavenly food that energizes Christ’s followers, the Bible, Christ’s weapon against Satan when he pointed out that our most important food is “every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”
No matter what progressives say about Christians, accusing them of hearing voices that don’t exist or of praying to imaginary friends, Christians need to stop politely stepping back when “progress” intrudes into marriage and family and national priorities. Christians are called to face Satan’s armies, and in the Bible, they are blessed by God with the armor and assault weapons to break down the gates of hell. Erick Erickson’s book is a call to arms. You cannot sit this battle out and wait for the dust to settle before you stand up. This battle is coming for you. Erick documents the truth that every person, the ones who stand up and fight, and the ones who hope not to be noticed, every Christian will be made to care about the progressive social and political agenda. If you don’t care about Christ’s kingdom, then you will be made to care about Satan’s.
From now till the release date, February 22, a significant bonus package is available at http://youwillbemadetocare.com/ if you pre-order at any site.
I received this book with the single request that I write an honest review. This review is my own opinion. I received no compensation or benefit in expectation of a favorable review.