THIS IS NOT A DRILL

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, by Rod Dreher.

Christian, if you didn’t read this book in 2017 when it was atop the bestseller list, now would be a good time. Its timeliness is self-evident from the title. I found it helpful to reread it (a rare thing for me, aside from the Bible) this past week:

Dreher declares “the culture war that began with the sexual revolution in the 1960s has now [post-Obergefell] ended in defeat for Christian conservatives. The cultural left—which is to say, increasingly the American mainstream—has no intension of living in post-war peace… It is pressing forward with a harsh, relentless occupation, one that is aided by the cluelessness of Christians who don’t understand what’s happening. Don’t be fooled: the upset presidential victory of Donald Trump has at best given us a bit more time to prepare for the inevitable.”

Events in three short years have proven him profoundly prophetic—what we have seen is the opposite of “post-war peace.” That “bit more time to prepare” ends tomorrow. “This is not a drill.”

Dreher begins with a critique of modern culture and an ominous prediction for its future, and follows with “stories of conservative Christians who are pioneering creative ways to live out the faith joyfully and counterculturally in these darkening days.” It is a smorgasbord of food for thought and helpful actionable ideas at a time when it is desperately needed. Highly recommend!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

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