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You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe Hardcover – February 22, 2016
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Mark Levin, host of The Mark Levin Show and author of Men in Black
"Erick Erickson is a brilliant thinker who knows how to deliver truth with punchy wit and without trigger warnings. This book explains to American Christians that ignoring the culture around us will not rewind us back to some safer place in the past. More than that, the book is a catalyst for thinking through a path forward for the years to come. Read this book and ponder how we can leave an inheritance for our children of liberty and justice, for all."
Russell Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
"As William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, so aptly put it: We will either be ruled by God, or we will be ruled by tyrants. We cannot let the tyrants win. This fantastic book is a huge leap toward victory!"
Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Foreign Agent
"Few more prophetic words have been spoken in our recent political discourse than 'You will be made to care.' Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen underscore in a convincing and justifiably alarming way that the Left is not looking for mere tolerance but to force social conservatives, indeed everyone, into submission to their ideologyprosecuting and persecuting along the way. You might not care about the agenda of social liberalismbut, menacingly, it cares about you. This is a must-read book."
David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus on Trial and The Emmaus Code
From the Inside Flap
The Left’s Culture War Is After You
No matter how many times activist courts intervene to award victories to the Left, it is never enough for progressives.
They bend, twist, and distort the law and the Constitution to their beliefs.
And then they insist that everyone must agree with themor else!
Or else you can lose your job, you can be sued out of business, you can be driven off campus, you can be hounded by the government. In the end, no matter how much you wish these issues would just go awayyou will be made to care.
In their enlightening, but also frightening, new book, radio host and former RedState editor in chief Erick Erickson and author and former pastor and educator Bill Blankschaen reveal how the Left is already imposing its totalitarian beliefs. And they provide a prescient warning about the extreme measures that will almost certainly affect you, your family, and your community in the very near future.
In their book, you’ll learn:
How being good at your job is no excuse: how America’s firefighter” lost his job for believing that marriage is between a man and a woman
How universities are driving Christian groups off campus
How lawyers are raking in millions through politically correct lawsuits against religious groups that don’t affirm homosexuality as normal”
How there is nowhere to hide: no matter how small your bed and breakfast, or your wedding chapel, or your flower shopthe leftist-homosexual mafia will shut you down if you don’t share their beliefs
How Christian clergy will be forced to perform gay weddings or see their churches forced into bankruptcy
How we can resistwhat you can do now, if you believe in the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of conscience and freedom of religionand how if we don’t resist, those freedoms will be gone
Freedom of speech, religion, and even thought have never been more threatened in our country than they are today, which makes You Will Be Made to Care one of the most important books you will read this year.
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Full of personal stories of many people standing firm in their Christian faith against the onslaught of the new disorder ushered in by Obergefell doctrine (already well entrenched before the actual Supreme Court ruling), the authors show how the radical Left seeks no dissent. In their new America, they are ready, willing, and often quite able to force people to conform to their new orthodoxy about marriage or else. His book shows example after example of how they commandeer the power of government and wield it as a weapon against anyone who fails to affirm same-sex relationships as legitimate.
As the 71-year old florist Barronelle Stutzman warns from Washington State, "When government comes in, tells me how to think, how to act, or takes everything I own and destroys me because I disagree, then we certainly don't live in a free America. This is about everybody's right to believe and act on their beliefs, not just mine. . . . It's me today, but it will be you tomorrow. You cannot sit this one out."
Erick and Bill remind their readers, "Liberty of mind means no one should ever be forced to convert or die. No one should be forced to embrace the popular thinking of the day about marriage, which goes against the entire history of civilization. No one should be forced to change his or her beliefs to graduate from a university. No one should be forced to recite secular doctrines about marriage to get a job. And yet here we are."
When government can force any American to do the very thing that their conscience forbids them to do, government is not only too big, it is illegitimate. It has abandoned its very reason for existence. The issue for the moment is forcing people to provide goods and services for same-sex marriages, but it could be forced abortions for disabled children next or euthanasia for the elderly in just a few years. If a government is powerful enough to violate the peaceful religious convictions of its people while allowing an unlawful, immoral U.S. Supreme Court decision to stand against the duly passed constitutional amendments of the people in the states, then it is a government careening quickly into full throttled tyranny.
If Americans do not wake up to the bigger picture of what is at stake in this battle for religious liberty, the future of this nation will be bleak. The book looks at the cycle of history, seeing once again that the "Kingdom of Man" is trying to "supersede the Kingdom of God." Civil government pretends it has the power to determine matters of the soul and spirit. Humanity visits this same territory over and over again. Yet that very pattern helped establish this great nation, when the Puritans and Separatists fled the government imposed orthodoxy which created persecution in the Old World. The question is, what will be the cost this time? The authors ask, "What will be the damage to the institutions of the family, the church, and government? And how high will be the body count?"
If you care at all for religious liberty, this book will make you hot with anger. If you care at all for the great Republic that our Founders bequeathed us, your heart will shudder at what we have squandered in open rebellion of everything good and decent. America, like Esau, is selling her birthright for a bowl of pottage. If you care at all for seeing the glory of God reflected in His creation, you may even weep knowing what a miserable mess we make of it, ungrateful creatures that we are of all His good gifts.
But Erick and Bill do not abandon their readers to sit in the dark. They bid whoever will to become Happy Warriors for godliness to once again infuse our broken culture. They offer solutions. They remind us things do not have to go down the darkest road. People have a choice now to recognize the danger at hand and take appropriate action. If you want to be part of the solution, buy the book and be encouraged, because you are not alone. But, do not expect to stay in a soft little cocoon if you decide you want to make a difference. And, if you decide to opt for a foxhole, remember, the culture war will soon be upon you one way or another.
For those who are not Christians, but have some slight inkling that a good God may exist, the book will probably be an encounter like you've never had before. Challenge yourself to take the plunge into a worldview where objective, eternal truth still lights the right path to travel.
As Erick credits Matt Lewis for the idea behind the book, the most important point is that Erick and Bill decided to write it. Thankfully they did and your friends will thank you if you give me them a copy. I've already bought one for a friend and plan to purchase others.
Whatever is at the top of your reading list, pause it and make this your next read.
If David can slay a giant with a slingshot and a stone; if Daniel can walk out of a hungry lion’s den; if Esther can risk perishing by approaching the king; if Joshua can lead people to yell and walls fell down; if Ruth’s loyalty can change history; if Moses can leave a life of royalty and comfort to save his people, then Christians today can stand up and fight back.
Being a bystander is no longer an option any more than standing in the path of a tidal wave is a safe thing to do.
My favorite part of this book is the title of the conclusion. I re-read those four words often. I need them.