If “Kansas” is a former time in our country where a Judeo-Christian understanding and ethic were largely understood and accepted, we are certainly not there anymore. That being the case, it is incumbent upon Christians to understand today’s current cultural situation and to know how to live within, and respond to, that current situation in a way that is biblical. Albert Mohler (President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY) has done Christians a great service by writing his new book Culture Shift: The Battle for the Moral Heart of America (Multnomah, 2011). Originally released in 2008, this updated book clearly outlines many of the most dramatic cultural shifts that have taken place in America and evaluates them in light of biblical truth.
Mohler’s approach to the book is certainly more broad than deep, covering topics such as “Christian Morality and Public Law,” Abortion, Natural disasters, Atheism, Reproductive Technology, Family and Retirement, among others. Mohler addresses these topics in terms of how they have been viewed in the past, how they are being viewed today, and why Christians should care about these shifts. To a lesser degree, he describes how Christians should respond to these issues.
This book certainly does not answer every question or expose every detail of the shifts that have taken place in these key areas. It does, however, give some great background and simple introductions to the topics that will help Christians understand today’s culture. The book is written at a level that is very accessible to most readers. Prayerfully, those who read it will be motivated to learn and read more about these things, equipping themselves to speak biblically about these topics with their friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers and others. As Christians, we are called to be salt and light in the world in which we live (see Matthew 5:13-16). This book will help us be better prepared to do so.
(FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)
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