Is Glenn Beck Right?

Posted: April 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’ll admit that I like Glenn Beck.  I know he can be bombastic but anyone who dismisses him out of hand has never actually listened to him and taken him seriously.

However, that being said, a few weeks ago Beck stated that if a church promoted “social justice” that you should leave.  Odd.  Strange because Beck was raised in a Christian home (he’s now a mormon) but he should know that there are passages such as Matthew 25:31-46 (and many, many others) that command those loyal to Jesus to care for the poor and this is what “social justice” means to most churches.

Now, I know what Beck meant to say.  He is concerned about folks like Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, etc. who equate “helping the least among us” with being a fiscally liberal Democrat.  I frankly agree with Beck that the way to help the poor is NOT to raise taxes and increase federal spending as this has done nothing but create a culture of dependency that has largely supplanted the father figure as the wage earner in poor areas with devastating effects (see the Youtube video below) but it is a mistake to make the kind of blanket statement that Beck made. 

Many churches, including Revolution, operate soup kitchens, food pantries, etc. in order to obey King Jesus’ commands in re: to the poor.  It is debateable whether the government has a Constitutional mandate to care for the poor but it is inarguable that the churches do.

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