There are folks close to me who feel like I’ve been picking on Glenn Beck a lot lately, and I think I’ve covered the subject well enough, so this post is basically just a way of bookmarking another post I saw and liked. Here’s a quote:
“…on the day of the rally I actually yelled at my poor mother for not being more outraged. We were on the phone making plans for the evening when she casually mentioned watching the whole thing on TV.
“How can you watch that without getting angry?” I demanded.
“Because if I’ve seen this once, I’ve seen it a million times,” Mom said. “It’s no big deal. It will pass….You guys wanna come over for steak?”
“No big deal!” I shouted. “Are you kidding?! They’re basically taking the Lord’s name in vain! Preaching a false gospel! Worshiping an idol!”
“Oh I know. Your dad’s firing up the grill, so you better get on over here.”
I hate to admit that Mom was right…”
The article is entitled Why Glenn Beck Isn’t a Big Deal.
Thanks to the author for giving us a much-needed term: “Beckianity”. Excellent — now we can take back the word “Christian”!
It’s comforting to remember that this too will pass. OTOH I think maybe the author is right to be angry… angry for all the people who will be hurt and disillusioned and maybe even lose their faith when yet one more take-back-America-for-God movement crumbles to the ground. Angry for all the people who will never give the Gospel a chance because of what they think Christianity is about.
I think she ends in the right place: compassion. And I would add: prayer. Remembering those on all sides of the issues who will be hurt by this movement and by the reactions against it… pray for the people.