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.