Glenn Beck Denounces Jesus’ Values

Glenn Beck at CPAC 2010. Photo: Gage Skidmore CC

Glenn Beck at CPAC 2010. Photo: Gage Skidmore CC

Hard to believe, but mad Mormon Glenn Beck has publicly told Christians to give up their churches if they hear anything there about social justice, as reported in the New York Times:

Last week, the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck called on Christians to leave their churches if they heard any preaching about social or economic justice because, he claimed, those were slogans affiliated with Nazism and Communism.

This week, the Rev. Jim Wallis, a liberal evangelical leader in Washington, D.C., called on Christians to leave Glenn Beck.

“What he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show,” Mr. Wallis, who heads the antipoverty group Sojourners, wrote on his “God’s Politics” blog. “His show should now be in the same category as Howard Stern.”

Mr. Beck, in vilifying churches that promote “social justice,” managed to insult just about every mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, African-American, Hispanic and Asian congregation in the country — not to mention plenty of evangelical ones.

Even Mormon scholars in Mr. Beck’s own church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in interviews that Mr. Beck seemed ignorant of just how central social justice teaching was to Mormonism.

The controversy began when Mr. Beck said on his radio show: “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.

“Am I advising people to leave their church? Yes! If I am going to Jeremiah Wright’s church,” he said, referring to the incendiary black pastor who led the church attended by the Obama family members when they lived in Chicago. “If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop and tell them, ‘Excuse me, are you down with this whole social justice thing?’ ”…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • GoodDoktorBad

    If Christians and social justice were synonomous, I might still be a Christian. That said, Beck may really have done a good thing without intending to. His idiosy should raise some serious questions that needed asking.

    First, are Christianity and capitalism compatible? Would Jesus give his blessing to this sess pool called capitalism? I find that really doubtful. There are plenty of biblical references to back this up.

    Second, (assuming for a moment Jesus existed) I don't think Jesus would be affiliated with anything considered mainstream politics because frankly, it's far too petty, corrupt and devisive. Nor is it likely he would endorse any particular religious group. Again, far too petty, corrupt and devisive. While I cringe at using the word “socialist” simply because some mechanism in me has been conditioned to, I think “socialism” would be a good if not imperfect label for what the philosophy of Jesus is/was.

    • Aubrey

      Jesus would have had nothing to do with social justice. The term is clearly political. Jesus encouraged ministry, self-sacrifice, love that met needs and drew people to a relationship with him. Christians have no business being involved with this political junk.

      Those of us in Christ should call it what it is…when we help somone in the name of Jesus we are doing ministry, period!

  • dumbsaint

    How does this man exist. If there is a god it has an insane sense of humour.

  • danny

    you obviously hear only what you want. if you had really listened you would understand that he says social justice in a church is a positive thing when the intentions are clear and intended for good. if you dont lie when writing about someone its a lot easier to make a valid respected opinion.

  • danny

    you obviously hear only what you want. if you had really listened you would understand that he says social justice in a church is a positive thing when the intentions are clear and intended for good. if you dont lie when writing about someone its a lot easier to make a valid respected opinion.

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