Thursday, March 11, 2010

Glen Beck and Jesus

Usually, I am not concern with what Glenn Beck and his political views. While I have different views on the role of government than he does, do not believe that government is the solution to everything. But the controversy he started was not about what he said about governments, it arose from what he said about churches. He has added to the fire by failing to understand the Gospel.

I wrote a couple of days ago about his attack on churches that talk about Social Justice. He believes that such talk as code words to promote communism. He told people to leave their churches if they speak about social justice. Naturally, the churches pushed back on such anti-Christian position.

I become part of a push back by Sojouners, the Catholic Chuch among others. He then, just today, called a perversion of the Gospel of Jesus to have it mean anything but a personal transformation. The Gospel is about "you" he claims. Listen:

I guess the Kingdom of God has nothing to do with the Gospel for Beck. Forget the Love of Neighbor. Forget Jesus' words. Forget Jesus. It is about "you." Much of his words echo the words of the craftiest of all creatures. "It is about YOU" His is the Gospel of YOU.

Many people could and have mounted a defense of him, saying that it is simply an anti-government position, but the original quote said nothing about government. He did not say to run away from churches that look to the government for solutions or are controlled by the government. He said run away from churches that speak about social justice.

He, in effect told his listeners to run away from Jesus. Hear the the word of the Lord:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and the regaining of sight to the blind,
to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. (Matt 4.18-19)

Repent, Glenn, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.


Shaw Kenawe said...

I saw your comment over at Dave Miller's blog.

It is true that Beck is misinterpreting Jesus's words, and I'm astonished at his urging people to leave their churches if the church engages in social justice.

We have to remember this: Glenn Beck's job is to keep the rating high on his show so that the Murdoch corporation can charge big bucks for advertising on it.

Throughout our history we've seen people like Beck who keep stirring the pot to keep attention on themselves.

Beck is no different from those who came before him and played the same game.

What he says is, of course, outrageous and insulting. But he says it to get us all enraged and insulted so we'll keep watching his circus that passas as punditry.

Rest assured, his ideas will not influence the millions of Christians that are serious about the example Jesus gave them.

Beck is someone who is momentary in time--and Jesus?

Simon said...

The original quote he stated wasn't the best choice of words, but he seems to be clear in the audio above he is talking about government implementing social justice via forced redistribution of wealth (taxes).
He has no problem with people making a choice to personally give to a person or an organization to help the needy. In that case, it is about "You" making a personal choice to do so.

Simon said...

The original quote he stated wasn't the best choice of words, but he seems to be clear in the audio that he's refering to government mandated social justice. This is where the government forcibly takes your tax money and redistributes to where it sees fit.
He has no problems with "you" making a personal decision to give to a person or organization to help the needy. The key is that it is "your" choice.