REVIEW: You Will Be Made to Care

unspecifiedMany people scoff at the idea that Christians are being persecuted against in this country. True, Christians aren’t being murdered for their faith but persecution takes many forms. Persecution takes the form of harassment, insults, bullying, and stealing. If persecution is understood in this way, then the persecution of Christians in America is actually happening at a surprising rate and in a very pervasive manner from liberal states like California and Illinois to even conservative states like Georgia and Kansas.

In You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen document the early systematic persecution of Christians by homosexual behavior-embracing consumers, patrons, politicians, and judges. If you don’t believe Christians are being persecuted for their belief you need to open your eyes and read this book.

Consider that in 2015 a Colorado State Court of Appeals ruled a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, was required to make a cake for a gay couple. The baker was willing to sell the gay couple a cake he had already made, but they turned him down. They demanded that he make a cake customized to celebrate their (unholy) union. Phillips may still end up facing jail time and his whole staff, including his 88-year old mother, was forced to be re-educated on the state policies.

The case of Phillips is but on of tens and tens of examples of the systematic persecution of Christians in our country chiefly (though not exclusively) with respect to the issue of homosexual “marriage.” As the title of the book aptly puts it: You Will Be Made to Care.

The odd part about these well-documented cases (with ample references to news sources) is that they by and large against Christian people. You don’t hear or read about many gay couples suing orthodox Jews or conservative, traditional Muslims. The reason for this is because these homosexual couples are specifically targeting Christians. It’s clear that there are other bakers, photographers, bed & breakfasts, etc. in nearby but these truth-suppressors choose to pick on the Christians, costing them in many cases, their livelihood.

Erickson and Blankschaen attempt to identify and undercut the existing philosophies that support this persecution. They consistently demolish the poor foundations of postmodernism and secularism and in its place encourage the reader to know what she believes, live it out, and express it. We need to have a resurgence in our society of the Christian individual, the family, and the church and in doing so we’ll create a more just society. You can purchase the book on Amazon for a very affordable price.

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Kurt Jaros is the Executive Director of Defenders Media. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland. He holds two Masters degrees in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and Systematic Theology, from King’s College London. He also blogs at Values & Capitalism a project of the American Enterprise Institute. He likes systematic and historical theology, philosophy of religion, and issues in Christian pop culture. His theological interests include theological anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, divine providence, and other issues in Christian pop culture. Additionally, he enjoys political philosophy, economics, American political history and campaigns. He currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his lovely wife and daughter.

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