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NewsReal Sunday: Time Magazine Claims Glenn Beck Hates Jesus

Posted on March 14 2010 4:03 pm
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How many more personal attacks can leftists throw at those on the Right?  In the year of Obama, a time where red and blue states were supposed to become united, name calling has been brought to new extremes.  Those who have disagreed with President Obama have been called Nazis, Racists, idiots – and now Jesus haters.  What’s next?  Will conservatives be labeled cute puppy killers?

This morning Time’s Amy Sullivan wrote an article titled: “Why Does Glenn Beck Hate Jesus?“.  Obviously Sullivan has learned how to use a title that will get a lot of attention.  But how responsible is it for a senior editor of Time to use such religiously charged language?  And how does Sullivan keep her journalistic credibility to make such a baseless and empty claim?

Here is her charge against Beck:

When Glenn Beck told listeners of his radio show on March 2 that they should “run as fast as you can” from any church that preached “social or economic justice” because those were code words for Communism and Nazism, he probably thought he was tweaking a few crunchy religious liberals who didn’t listen to the show anyway. Instead he managed to outrage Christians in most mainline Protestant denominations, African-American congregations, Hispanic churches, and Catholics who…have a little something in their tradition called “Catholic social teaching.” (Not to mention the teaching of a certain fellow from Nazareth who was always blathering on about justice…). – Amy Sullivan

I find it ironic that Sullivan would claim Beck hates Jesus while offensively joking that Jesus was “blathering on about justice.”  Sullivan goes further in her attacks on Beck later in her blog by arguing Beck doesn’t know his own Latter Day Saint religion.

Beck is not saying there is something wrong with social justice.  Beck’s argument is one all conservative Christians already know and agree with.  Most liberal churches have used the term ‘social justice’ as code for preaching that government should take the place of the church in providing all forms of socialistic aid.  For Beck to caution people to beware of churches that talk a lot about ‘social justice’ is spot on.

Leftist theologian Jim Wallis is also mentioned in the blog as someone now on the attack of Beck for his statements.  Sullivan calls Wallis a “progressive” Christian but does not mention that Wallis is an anti-capitalist religious activist.  Wallis’ brand of Christianity is the exact type of Christianity that Beck is trying to warn against.  Sullivan shamelessly uses Wallis to assist her argument, that Beck is teaching against Jesus, without admitting to her readers that Wallis is one of the targets of Beck’s criticism.  Wallis is a professing christian who passionately believes government should create a social welfare state.  Purposefully omitting that information is irresponsible journalism.

Beck explained his comments on his March 12th radio show in order to help people understand exactly what he is saying.

“Social justice is code language.  Code language for big government…If your church is preaching social and economic justice you better do some digging and find out exactly what that means.  Because if that means big government, (that) you need to support big government programs, (then) you don’t have a church…Now if your church is talking about social justice in a way that you empower yourself to go help the poor, well then that is exactly what Jesus…would like you to do.” – Glenn Beck

What Beck understands and so many so-called progressive Christians miss is that Jesus’ call to help the hurting was never about government.  Jesus never once told people to get the government to help those in need.  He said for his followers to do it.  In fact, we show we know Christ by individually doing things that aid those who need a hand up.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40

Jesus offers no teaching on getting your government to take other people’s money and use it to redistribute wealth.  He is talking to Christians – He is talking to the church.  Beck seems to understand that – Jim Wallis, Amy Sullivan, and Time magazine clearly don’t.

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