As I read the first few chapters of You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family and Your Freedom to Believe by Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen, my emotions were a combination of fear, hopelessness and anger. Those were the chapters that focused on what is happening to Christians in the U.S. who refuse to compromise their values to meet the demands of social progressives who preach -- but do not practice -- tolerance.
But after clearly defining the problem, this book goes on to outline a solution. Not an easy solution by any means, but specific steps we can take to protect our religious liberty. And at the end, I knew -- as the authors wrote -- that I was not alone.
Even if you pay attention to the news, you're likely to be shocked by all of the examples an organized progressive force in America that seems determined to not just silence people of faith but to stop them from practicing their faith in the public square and ultimately even in the privacy of their homes, houses of worship and even their hearts. And that force is frighteningly effective.
You'll finish this book with a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today's world, of what we need to do to truly live out our faith (and staying silence isn't on that list) even as we respect the right of others to not share our faith (something progressives who preach tolerance don't seem to be inclined to do), and of the progressive strategies that have brought us to where we are today. This book goes beyond opinion. With nearly 400 footnotes, every point and story is documented.
I realize the term "must-read" is overused in book reviews, but You Will Be Made to Care is a must-read not only for Christians, but for people of all faiths who value the freedom to believe as they choose and openly practice their faith.
In 19 chapters anchored to 392 citations Erick Ericksons book You Will Be Made To Care says that Christians and secularists do not see the same thing when they look at reality. The citations are rich resources 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, Ericks 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 peoples 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 Ericks book will be pointed to the heavenly food that energizes Christs followers, the Bible, Christs weapon against Satan when he pointed out that our most important food is every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
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 dont care about Christs kingdom, then you will be made to care about Satans.
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.
Have you ever wondered how politics, religion, and limited government conservatism work together? This book does a great job at vividly illustrating exactly how "the left" is using the government to attack those who may disagree with it on any number of societal issues, especially the idea of any type of objective morality. It explains how in all ways: legally, morally, and Constitutionally, that it is important that we have a firm basis of freedom in our nation, not so that non believers feel "bad" or "are offended", or that anyone "feels discriminated against", but so that the underlying fabric of freedom for all is truly seen and honored in society. The authors sound a call to action: that all believers must actively stand up for what they think and believe publicly and vocally so that the only narrative isn't the one claiming that morality is antiquated or hurtful. If we do not, it paints a vivid picture of how we will be "Made to care."