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Culture Shift by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Culture Shift by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

This book review truly took me a while to write. I am not always the best with words and when I read a book that is truly intellectually challenging, I want to make sure I do the book justice with my review. However, when you review a book by one of the greatest Christian thinkers of today, it can be quite the daunting task, especially if you do not have a Ph.D. or any other Master’s degree. This book is great for someone who wants to challenge themselves.

One of the biggest struggles for Christianity today is to figure out how to remain Biblically centered but also engaged in the culture to the extent that we can actually make an impact on it. This book will actually help the reader be more prepared to engage the culture here in America. Listen to what the back of the book has to say about Culture Shift:

Mass media and technology are exploding. Popular entertainment relentlessly pushes the envelope. Biomedicine stretches ethical boundaries. Political issues shift with the polls. Christian orthodoxy is questioned on every front. The world in which you live is undergoing a major cultural transformation-one leading to a widespread lack of faith, an increase in moral relativism, and a rejection of absolute truth.

Take a minute and read over that again. Christians are being pushed into silence here in America. The problem comes because Christians are not embracing the Bible wholeheartedly. We allow ourselves to not hold fast to the Word of God which is what we should be clinging to the most. Christians focus more and more on how to live within the culture instead of focusing on how to become more like Christ. We look for reasons to justify our actions instead of standing unwaveringly on the Word of God. We do not want to be different anymore with how we act and thus people who are not followers of Christ are not seeing in our lives reason to become a follower of Christ. In many churches, there are more fights and arguments over new converts. In twenty or thirty years, it is hard to imagine what the church will look like. Culture Shift helps the reader see the kind of changes we have already faced in just the last couple generations.

Now, I do not want to take this review as a platform to bash the American church because that is not what this book is about. This book is about engaging the culture in which we live, and to help you be more prepared to engage. This book touches on morality in public law, free speech, scientific advances, abortion, natural evil and the digital revolution. It was really hard to pick out what to really focus on in this review because basically every chapter is worth the read, especially if you want to have a better understanding of how the culture has already shifted to this point. There is a quote that says if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. After reading this book, I am able to see this truth much more clearly. If we as Christians do not learn how to be more engaging with the culture in which we live and yet remain distinctively different, we will cease to look like Christians; we will cease to live as followers of Christ. We are not called to be comfortable, we are called to go and make disciples. Reading this book will help challenge and push you to this extent.

 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as a part of their Blogging for Books program.