Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Get Off Glenn Beck's Case

I'm reading a lot of criticism of the rally led by Mr. Beck this past weekend, Aug. 28th. First let it be said that it was a great day to hold it. Not because it was the anniversary of the "I have a dream" speech, but rather because it was my birthday!!

It seems that people on both sides of the political spectrum are angry at Beck. I'm not surprised that those on the left didn't like it. He stands for morality, principle, the constitution - all the things that liberals typically reject.

It is bothersome to me that many Christians object that a Mormon could lead such a rally, and speak for many evangelicals on issues of the Constitution, and returning to a Judeo-Christian ethic, bringing God back into the public arena, etc. They seemed incensed that a LDS could garner attention, enthusiasm, and support from Christians who agree with him on these issues.

OK, so where was Billy and/or Franklin Graham? Where was Bill Hybels? Where was Jerry Falwell, Jr.? Where was Pat Robertson? Max Lucado? Where was the president of the North American Christian Convention, or any of the leaders of the Restoration Movement colleges and seminaries? Were they busy? Out of town? It seems rather easy and convenient to dismiss Glenn Beck's passion for the Constitution, but where are the other evangelical leaders to step in the gap? I could also wonder why we reject Glenn Beck because he is a Mormon as if we should be more happy and willing to accept the message if it came from a Catholic, a Baptist, or a Presbyterian? Was doctrine the key issue of the day? On this issue I may suggest that we should follow the pattern set down by Jesus who said, "Whoever is not against us is for us" (See Lk. 9:50).

I think the emphasis should not be on the messenger but the message. Surely the Framers of the Constitution did not all come from the same religious background, yet they were in agreement on the place of God in country.

John Quincy Adams said on July 4, 1837, "Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth?"

Samuel adams wrote on Feb. 12, 1779, "He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man... The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a Virtuous people.

Oct 22, 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts met. John Hancock declared: "We think it is incumbent upon this people to humble themselves before God on account of their sins, for He has been pleased in His righteous judgment to suffer a great calamity to befall us, as the present controversy between Great Britain and the Colonies. {AND} also to implore the Divine Blessing upon us, that by the assistance of His grace, we may be enabled to reform whatever is amiss among us, that so God may be pleased to continue to us the blessings we enjoy, and remove the tokens of His displeasure...."

To the Continental Congress on July 1, 1776 John Adams said, "Before God, I believe the hour has come. My judgement approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it. And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence for ever."

I'm thankful that the founders were willing to build the foundation of this nation on their faith in God and belief in His word. I don't think they were aiming to be in accord on all points of doctrine, but they understood the big picture as it related to the nation, and the Freedoms we hold dear, including that of religion.

I fear what has happened to this nation in the last 18 months as our freedoms have been taken from us without the consent of the governed. I'm thankful for the groundswell of enthusiasm to return this nation to the principles upon which it was founded. And if it takes a Mormon television personality from Fox News to do it, then I say, "God bless Glenn Beck."

C'mon, Murphy. Let's go outside!