Albert Mohler continues to be a light shining among the darkness that culture is quickly becoming. In his newest volume on the Sexual Revolution, We Cannot Be Silent, he brings together a great blend of sociological, theological, anthropological, and legal theory in an attempt to uncover the ideas and methodology of today’s cultural, moral, and sexual revolution.
Mohler claims early on what has set this revolution in motion, naming causes such as Birth Control and Contraception, Divorce, Cohabitation, and Secularization. What caught me most off guard was another factor mentioned toward the end of chapter one. “Modern societies created a context for moral revolution that had never been available before. Certain cultural conditions had to prevail in order for the revolution to get the traction it needed to be successful. One of these factors was the rise of urbanization. As odd as it may seem, even as the city is a concentration of human beings, it actually offers an unprecedented opportunity for anonymity. Many observers of the sexual revolution point to the fact that, from the very beginning the sexual revolution was a cosmopolitan revolution-emerging first in cities and then spreading out to the rest of culture.” (11)
Of course after reading this, it makes perfect sense. Growing up in Los Angeles, a city of nearly 4 million residents, it’s entirely possible to operate on a plane of anonymity for one’s entire life. I’ve also heard from many cultural expositors something along the lines of, “As go the cities, so goes the culture.” Augustine saw this in his day and penned his classic work, The City of God.
Mohler navigates the cultural issues, namely morality, homosexual union, and transgenderism with clarity and thoughtful research. Drawing from a range of authors, both Christian and non-Christian, he points to a work being done just beneath the surface of this movement driving the whole ship. This very day there are many pushing the agenda forward for all sorts of ideas which have been long thought immoral and legally wrong. Since laws are changing in almost unprecedented ways to conform to the agenda, these beneath the surface can almost get any idea into the minds of culture at large.
With the tools of postmodernism at their hands, those setting the agenda are seeking to rewrite a narrative all their own. One without the perceived limits of morality and justice. They circulate ideas largely unaware of the consequences such ideas bring. They are writing a story without authority, a story without the highest authority.
Here we find ourselves, in a vastly different world many of us grew up in. A world of millennials talking over the workforce, circulating “new” and “radical” ideas unaware of the historical factors which have made those ideas possible. They spurn any history which would point to their downfall, any authority which would seek their good, and shake off any consequences as a result of their radical orthodoxy.
In this day we need those cultural commentators like Albert Mohler to help us navigate a way forward through the difficult questions people are asking. Many cultural expositors have risen from denominations spanning the spectrum of the Church. Mohler, though not better than any other, is certainly a first among equals. This book, along with his podcast, website, and other engagements, help us to see that clearly. In our day, the Church must stand with Mohler in saying, “we must not be silent”.