Glenn Beck is clearly an important person.
I just don’t understand why.
His speech at the Restoring Honor Rally rambled, creating a pastiche in which Abraham Lincoln seemed to stand on a biblical pedestal with Moses as he, Beck, pointed repeatedly to a seemingly generic God. One thing seems clear: his God is an American God.
As much as I love our country, I know God is bigger than the United States of America. So, I appreciate Beck, even as he extolled us as God’s chosen people, calling us back to God. We are a long way from God in our life as a nation.
But it is, in my view, not because we care too much for the well-being of all, but because we care too little. Beck’s God seems to be very much a God of individualism, who does not want us to care for the good of the whole community. That is not a biblical God, although it may be an American God.
So, I am confused.
And also a bit offended. The idea that “America today begins to turn back to God” (because of his rally) denies the ministry of so many millions of many faiths already engaged in God-work. Who does Glenn Beck think he is?
More to the point: where does he want to lead us?
Or is he less a leader, and more an entertainer, a guy who, by his own admission, has a big mouth that gets him in trouble and also keeps him in the public eye?
So far, I don’t get it. A lot of harrumphing, and bloviating, and criticizing and belittling those with whom he disagrees–but where is the program, where is the leadership to help us make the hard choices facing us as a nation?