America’s number one televangelist, Glenn Beck, has consistently been an advocate of traditional values. So much so that he formed a movement he calls “The 9/12 Project” based on the nine values and twelve principles that he has deemed critical for righteous living.
The second of Beck’s holy principles (following “America Is Good”) is:
I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
I’m not going to speculate as to why America’s goodness trumps the Lord, but second place is still a pretty respectable finish for God. Obviously Beck considers worship to be a fairly high priority. However, it must be the right kind of worship. And to assist you making the proper spiritual choice, Pope Beck has declared a new edict for you to follow: Avoid any church that espouses “social justice.” Beck asserts that it is just a code word for communism, or fascism, or both.
“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words.
Now, am I advising people to leave their church? ….. YES!”
The Glenn Beck Radio Program, March 2, 2010:
Did you hear that? Beck is begging you to run as fast as you can from any religious institution that embraces social justice. Flee now from churches that advocate for the welfare of the poor, the hungry, the sick, people enduring hardships and looking for answers. In other words, renounce any parish that practices the teachings of Jesus. Beck should recall the words of Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Recife:
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
It’s not enough that Beck passes such judgments on compassionate believers, the urgency for his advice is clearly and frighteningly articulated. Religious freedom is under attack and you may have only a year left to worship as you choose. So you had better start to worship as HE chooses. And how does Beck know that the end to religious freedom is so near? He doesn’t say. He doesn’t even hint at any lurking threat. It must have been revealed to him in a vision – or from the voice of his German Shepherd, Victor. [How appropriate is it that Beck has a pet that is “German” (like him) and a “Shepherd”?] And that vision probably included the figure of a haloed Kenyan Muslim floating over a dilapidated White House with hammer & sickle flag waving above the Chinese-made solar panels.
Update: Christian leaders are responding to Beck’s call to leave your church with a call to leave Beck: Tell Glenn Beck: I’m a Social Justice Christian. That seems like something a compassionate spiritual advisor would have been calling for all along. Better late than never.