I could’ve also titled this: Don’t Burn This Blog. Because you know it's coming...
I recently read Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in the Age of Unreason by Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report, one of my favorite podcasts to listen to. This may be one of the most important books to be released in 2020, and definitely a must-read for anyone.
Now, I want to be clear: This is not a Christian book. Dave Rubin is not a believer. With that said, I highly recommend this book because of the timeliness of the message.
We are living in a backwards time, with the progressive left literally trying to control every aspect of our lives. We are seeing an age of unreason, literally getting to the point where we are so polarized as a country that there’s been serious discussion about whether a civil war is brewing.
We are seeing this trickle into the Evangelical Church, as well. The “woke pastors” of The Gospel Coalition, the Southern Baptist Convention and many of the other Evangelical Elites have been pushing this same progressive, leftist insanity that we are seeing in secular society.
There’s no more logic. No more reasoning. No more debate. It’s all about what team you are on. This needs to end… NOW!
The thing that I keep saying over and over again is that the left is in lockstep with each other. The Evangelical Elite have linked arms and are marching to the same tune of Social Justice, Black Lives Matter and Leftist Talking Points.
The anti-SJWs, however, are splintered off, constantly infighting with each other, and losing the war because we are getting caught up in the small battles that are distracting us from our common enemy: Leftist Ideology.
Much of the problem is in the “discernment world”, where these bloggers and podcasters are always looking for someone else to “destroy.” Everyone is labeled either all good or all bad. There’s no in between. Maybe, just maybe, there’s the middle ground, which would allow for a more nuanced view of the world, critiquing the content of what someone says instead of participating in the leftist “cancel culture” and just looking to destroy everyone.
Dave Rubin does an amazing job laying out his case for Classical Liberalism, which is much closer to conservatism than leftism. He also explains that it’s ok to disagree… shocker! We should be encouraging discussion and debate amongst ourselves, constantly reasoning with each other. We’ll never fix anything if we refuse to engage with those that we disagree with.
Last year, I had Dr Michael Brown on my show Conversations with Jeff. Now, Dr Brown is widely known as one of the top theologians among the Charismatic Movement. We strongly disagree on the sign gifts (speaking in tongues, the gift of healing & prophecy), and we spent practically the entire show talking through our disagreements. However, we walked away from that show encouraged because we actually engaged with each other’s points, followed them to their logical conclusions & didn’t walk away hating each other. We need more of this! I ended the conversation still strongly disagreeing with Dr Brown, but I at least had a better understanding of how and why he comes to his conclusions. That’s progress!
Here’s the thing: The Evangelical Church is a mirrored image of what’s happening in our country. The Evangelical Deep State is running things behind the scenes. They say one thing in public, and then make backroom deals and push a progressive agenda in secret. They have a Good Old Boys Club that, once in, you will be protected from all criticism. Unless, of course, the woke crowd goes after you, and then you’ll get thrown to the wolves as a sacrifice to protect their larger group.
The only way to fix this is to bypass their hierarchal system altogether. Realize that not everyone who disagrees with you is pure evil. Sometimes, someone might disagree with you on one issue, while another you guys totally agree. You can join together on what you have consensus with, and then debate the issues that you disagree over.
We need more free-thinking within Christianity. That doesn’t mean we just believe whatever we want. It means that we have our source of truth, God’s Word, and we don’t just believe what our favorite pastor says or what our theological camp teaches. We figure it out for ourselves. We do the research. We study. We take what we hear from our favorite pastor, podcaster or thinker and use that as a springboard for our own study.
I highly recommend Dave Rubin’s Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in the Age of Unreason. It will help you to be able to think for yourself instead of just believing what you are told from the Elites.