Book Review: We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Twenty years ago, not one nation on earth endorsed legal same-sex marriage. Now, access to same sex marriage is increasingly seen as a basic human right, one enshrined in law by the Supreme Court of the United States. In less than a single generation, Western cultures have experienced a moral revolution.
With the movement toward same-sex marriage and the normalization of homosexuality gaining momentum, some churches are running for cover. Yet our Christian responsibility is clear—we are to tell the truth about what God has revealed concerning human sexuality, gender, and marriage. No one said it was going to be easy.
This statement sums up the purpose and the theme of Dr. R. Albert Mohler’s latest book, We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong. In his book, the author examines how the transformation occurred and how we got to this point.
The sexual and cultural revolution began with the arrival of birth control and divorce. At the time, most Christians didn’t realize that separating sex from procreation and “no-fault” divorce set the stage for a total redefinition of marriage and the family. The sexual revolution laid the foundation for the moral revolution and those who advocate same-sex relationships. A redefinition of sex and gender not only leads to a redefinition of marriage, but also to the transgender revolution. This naturally leads to marriage as an institution disappearing from our eyes.
After describing the historical and cultural trends leading to where we are today, Dr. Mohler asks and answers the question, “What does the Bible really say about sex?” For biblical Christians, this is the most important question of all. The author follows this chapter with one addressing the issue of religious liberty. He closes the book by answering 30 basic questions that Christians are asking today.
Dr. Mohler closes the book with “A Word to the Reader.” He states,
In a very real sense, everything has now changed. The highest court of the land has redefined marriage. Those who cannot accept this redefinition of marriage as a matter of morality and ultimate truth, must acknowledge that the laws of this nation concerning marriage will indeed be defined against our will. We must acknowledge the authority of the Supreme Court in matters of law. Christians must be committed to be good citizens and good neighbors, even as we cannot accept this redefinition of marriage in our churches and in our lives.
We must contend for marriage as God’s gift to humanity—a gift central and essential to human flourishing and a gift that is limited the conjugal union of a man and a woman. We must contend for religious liberty for all, and focus our energies on protecting the rights of Christian citizens and Christian institutions to teach and operate on the basis of Christian conviction.
We cannot be silent, and we cannot join the moral revolution that stands in direct opposition to what we believe the Creator has designed, given, and intended for us. We cannot be silent, and we cannot fail to contend for marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
In one sense, everything has changed. And yet, nothing has changed. The cultural and legal landscape has changed, as we believe this will lead to very real harms to our neighbors. But our Christian responsibility has not changed. We are charged to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to speak the truth in love. We are also commanded to uphold the truth about marriage in our own lives, in our own marriages, in our own families, and in our own churches.
We are called to be the people of the truth, even when the truth is not popular and even when the truth is denied by the culture around us. Christians have found themselves in this position before, and we will again. God’s truth has not changed. The holy Scriptures have not changed. The gospel of Jesus Christ has not changed. The church’s mission has not changed. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
Challenging, insightful, and thought provoking. Well worth reading and pondering.
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