Thursday, September 02, 2010

Southern Baptist Piece on Glenn Beck

Someone sent me this link: Should Glenn Beck Speak for Christians?

The article didn't light me up, but I thought I would post it for your reaction. Here's the paragraph that I identified most with:

"It’s taken us a long time to get here, in this plummet from Francis Schaeffer to Glenn Beck. In order to be this gullible, American Christians have had to endure years of vacuous talk about undefined 'revival' and 'turning America back to God' that was less about anything uniquely Christian than about, at best, a generically theistic civil religion and, at worst, some partisan political movement."


Rick said...

I think Moore is on to something when he states:

"It's sad to see so many Christians confusing Mormon politics or American nationalism with the gospel of Jesus Christ."

A Christianity Today article, talking about this issues, says:

"Weeks before the rally, he gathered about 20 prominent religious leaders for a dinner at which he said God was leading him to talk about revival in America, Land said. The night before the rally, he held a "Divine Destiny" event that promised to leave participants with a "strong belief that faith can play an essential role in reuniting the country.
That kind of language has some evangelicals upset."

Will many blur and confuse the lines between civic morality/patriotism with that of true Christianity? Will one be emphasized over the other?

Rick said...

Sorry, that should read:

"...talking about this issue,..."

::athada:: said...

Civil religion has been around a long time. I'm wondering if Beck is just giving voice to the existing religion rather than exacerbating it. Probably both, but Beck the celebrity is a reflection of us.

Brad Harris said...

What my concern is - Christians equating Mormonism as the same as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those who listen to Beck (specially Christians) need to keep in mind that he is a Mormon and the god he believes in and the Jesus he believes in are not the same in what Christians believe in. So, the revival he wants is not the same revival that a Christian wants to see happen.

As much as Christians can be deceived on the left they can be deceived on the right as well.

I do believe Beck cares about the country. My prayer is that has he seeks that it leads him out of Mormonism and to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.