These are a few questions that Al Mohler tackles in his book Culture Shift: The Battle for the Moral Heart of America. This is a timely book that covers a broad range of topics that are relevant to the culture we live in today. Mohler grapples with issues like the Christians role in law and politics, how we as a culture have softened. He goes after public schools, abortion, nuclear weapons and genetics.
As I said a broad range of topics. He takes the issues and presents how the society as a whole views them then counters with what God’s Word says about them.
The chapter dealing with abortion is his best. Mohler shows how abortion in every way is immoral and ungodly. He shows the hypocrisy of the movement because they view pro-life centers as evil because they show moms-to-be an ultrasound in hopes that they see the fetus as a life, and they almost always do. The pro-choice movement thinks this is evil because they feel the pro-life centers are manipulating the women into not having an abortion. Yet they do the same because when these women visit Planned Parenthood they push these women to have an abortion.
Another issue Mohler handles well is the digital deluge the American family is facing. He points out that families are having a difficult time relating to each other because of our addiction to technology. He tells the story of one family who, even on family outings, are constantly using technology. They have forgotten what it is like to exist with each other without their devices and their family is deteriorating. God created us to be relational, meaning we need to have personal contact, conversation and time with other humans and not through technology but in person.
While he does a convincing apologetic on most topics he unfortunately doesn’t do that for all. Amazing enough his chapter on the new atheism (chapter 21) is lacking any apologetic from Scripture. He directs us to Abraham Lincoln and the false notion of America as a Christian nation (a notion that I agree with), but not to Scripture.
With that said I learned much on how these cultural issues can and are against the moral principles found in Scripture. Mohler gives us ways to defend our beliefs in a world full of immorality and relativity. I recommend this book to anyone who lives in an immoral culture and not sure how to counter it.
Disclaimer- I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.