We Cannot Be Silent ~ A Book Review

When it comes to addressing cultural ideologies from a biblical perspective, there is no person who does it more solidly than Dr. R. Albert Mohler. Uncompromisingly faithful to the Scriptures, Dr. Mohler is the preeminent human, Christian authority on the subject of cultural topics. This is because he is conscientious both of the secular world in which we live and of the Scripture in which we should be living. His concern for the world and conviction for the word unite together in his latest book, We Cannot Be Silent for a powerful dissertation on one of the most divisive topics currently trending in humanity today.
From news articles, to blogs, and even several books, Christians have responded in a great fervor to address the issues surrounding sexuality. It is a topic that demands an intense, thoughtful, and considerate response. Dr. Mohler rises to this monumental occasion with a monumental work, one that should be read by all Christians as they confront the issue.
There is much to breakdown and digest from Mohler’s writing, but I think the we can bring forth three primary areas of writing that demonstrate the gravity and relevance of this particular work:
  1. Historical Reformation: The author does not simply indicate that this is a modern issue demanding a modern response. Instead he traces the current trends back to historical topics that helped pave the way for getting us to where are today, to the point of bringing up such topics as the 1965 Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut and Justice William Douglas’ defense of ‘penumbras’ within the Constitution.
  2. Modern Rationale: Only after building a foundation of historicity does Mohler then address the modern trends and arguments in this ‘sexual revolution,’ as he would call it. In fact, by understanding the historical grounding it becomes easier to see how we have arrived to the current point in time in people’s thinking regarding these topics.
  3. Future Response: Finally, the book would be irrelevant if it did not adequately discuss a Christian response to this current crisis. Dr. Al Mohler always excels in this area, and he does not disappoint here either. Not only does he give us profound ways to respond in a biblical and compassionate way in order to reflect the gospel, but he also takes it further. Not only does he give lots of practical advice, but he ends by addressing some of the most difficult discussions that this topic generates (i.e. is homosexuality worse than other sins?).
I suspect that most of us do not allow ourselves the opportunity to dwell upon the intricacies of this topic and what is truly at stake. Dr. Mohler works his way through the issue revealing to readers, like you and I, the complexities that are actually involved. How many of us have ever thought that moralism is not an accompaniment to the gospel, but actually an adversary to it? Most of us have probably not thought about it and yet the author brings forth premises such as this throughout the book.
While Mohler exposes complexity in the topic, he expounds on it simplistically. As a result, his logic is easy to follow, the book is easy to read, and the understanding of it is quite clear. Perhaps the greatest surprise in the book is that he speaks on behalf of all Christians with an open acknowledgment of our sins and failures as well. He rightly recognizes that we have not always handled the debate well from the beginning. It is an important confession that we as Christians should acknowledge ourselves.
With such a hot issue sweeping our country so quickly, We Cannot Be Silent is a book that all of us should read. I would urge everyone to do so because it draws forth the biblical arguments and understanding that we need before we can accurately and adequately engage in the debate.

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