In love and obedience to God, Betty and I pray for all in authority and places of influence from Capitol Hill to the media, entertainment community, professional sports and church. Sometimes we are asked to meet and pray with individuals from these various groups. Such has been the case with Glenn Beck.
While critics call him all sorts of unkind names, I must quickly point out that he is very smart and appears to be seeking true wisdom with all his heart. I have been asked, “Why would you meet with him? Don’t you know he’s a Mormon?” Of course I do. But I love him, care about him, his family, and his future. As evangelical Christians, I do not believe we should avoid people because of their connection with a particular church or a point of theological difference. I diligently desire to help all seekers of truth. I believe Jesus is the visible revelation, definition and demonstration of the truth. He told His disciples that when He left, the Holy Spirit would be coming to help guide us to all truth.
We recognize Glenn is a person of notable influence. It is obvious he cares about the United States, the well being of our citizens, and 30 day rehabs around the world. He doesn’t think out-of- control government, ever-increasing debt, entrenched bureaucracies, excessive taxation and an uninformed, uninvolved citizenry can deal effectively with pressing problems. He very openly shares that history confirms God was the major influence in America’s foundation and the greatest characterization of our nation’s fathers was faith, hope and charity.
I continually pray that Glenn and his staff will not hear all critics as enemies, but possibly honing opportunities to become even sharper and more effective because “iron sharpens iron.” I have personally observed that even my harshest, most abrasive critics can make me sharper rather than duller if I simply turn the other cheek therein changing the angle of their attack.
Many Christians share common concerns with Glenn. Surely we can find common ground without compromising our convictions or theological positions. Glenn sees clearly the catastrophic consequences of the godless choices on the part of many national leaders and the general population. The unprincipled, out-of-control debt, abortion and the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for them, including the support of Planned Parenthood and many other bureaucratic agencies, damage and misrepresent the core strengths of our nation. He points out inconsistencies on the part of all political parties and their leaders, as well as those who are elected and continually break their promises, wasting people’s money, maintaining support with endless, mindless entitlement programs that cannot be supported without destroying all future productivity and opportunity. I agree, as Americans we must stop the insanity and come together in brokenness and humility before Almighty God to find realistic answers and to receive the strength of character necessary to make the corrections.
I have talked with Glenn, prayed with and for him, his wife and staff, because I love them and care for all of those he can and will influence. I want God’s best for everyone. Betty and I are blessed in our lives and we find our greatest joy seeking to be a blessing to others,especially the poor and suffering.
From the time Glenn began broadcasting his program, he has continually challenged viewers to seek the truth for themselves. In our times together, I prayerfully encourage him to seek the Truth (Jesus), with all of his heart. Betty was very impressed during dinner together this week that Glenn was so interested in hearing what was on her heart. He listened respectfully and intently. By the grace of God, we will never compromise truth or the love Jesus told us to walk in and freely express toward everyone including those who may misunderstand or criticize us.
I am trusting God to continually grant me grace to love all who may attack me for loving Glenn, his family, staff and all the people he influences. If you watch today’s pre-taped Beck program scheduled to air on FOX News at 5:00pm (EST), you will hear me acknowledge theological differences and point all viewers to Jesus. All serious media personalities and preachers should not just show people what is wrong, but also spend focused time trying to show people what is right! Light exposes the error of our ways as well as the safe path. That’s the nature of light. Light reveals the problem, but it also reveals the way!
As a Christian with a wonderful Baptist heritage, I was seated beside a classic Pentecostal war veteran Dave Roever, Jewish rabbi Daniel Lapin, and Christian historian David Barton – all of us talking with Glenn in harmony of heart and with deep concern for America’s future. You will witness God’s love expressed for one another as together we seek to know God’s will for our lives and our nation. We all agreed that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the only Father who can provide real shelter in present and coming storms and “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” During the program, you will hear us make the point that America’s future depends on returning to God. I made it very clear that all who understand the importance of faith, family and freedom (which includes a healthy free market) must come together with common purpose to make the necessary impact on our culture that will leave the imprint of eternal truth. This is the only way to turn our ship of state toward stability and security. Good, healthy government is established and maintained by those who recognize there is a God and there are ABSOLUTES!
Glenn Beck makes it clear to all who watch his program that he sees a very bleak future if we don’t quickly change direction. I do agree things look dim, but during the program I, along with the others, held hope very high. I pray Glenn will begin to spend more time presenting realistic solutions than he does exposing problems and those who cause them. Returning to God and His truth is our nation’s hope. As Christians, we certainly know the blessed Hope. It is not too late, but it is later than most think. The silent majority must begin to speak loudly by taking the actions necessary to restore freedom’s foundation.
Please pray for me as I seek to love and share with all who have ears to hear, hearts that care, and hands willing to help. I pray you will not scold me and the others who joined together because we care. Betty and I want God’s best for everyone and know God truly gave His best in Jesus. May His life, love and truth flow freely through all of us so Christ will be seen high and lifted up, drawing all men unto Himself. If we (including Glenn) walk controlled by God’s love and Kingdom power, we can help change the course of our nation, the free world, and history. If we do not walk in His love and truth, we will prove to be another “loud gong and clanging symbol.”
I pray the Kingdom of Light will replace the imprint of darkness and deception on our culture. It is only when standing together uncompromisingly in the light of God’s truth and love that we will become the city “whose builder and maker is God,” “a holy habitation,” and “a city that cannot be hid.” I pray God will grant that the world will see His glory revealed in us before He comes for us!
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