“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.” — Deuteronomy 10:17-18
I don’t usually post randomly to this blog, but something I saw this morning really riles me up: “social” does not mean “socialist.” “Social justice” refers to doing what is responsible to care for those who have less; “socialism” refers to a political system whereby all resources are controlled and distributed by (usually) a religious-less, elitist group of leaders. The two could not be more distinct, I’m sorry.
Glenn Beck is an anchor for Fox News. How he got the post, I can only imagine, was by being able to persuade people without using logic. His latest antics labeled any and all churches that work towards responsible justice for the poor as “Communist” or “Nazis.” (NB: You can let Glenn Beck himself know that this is wrong at that link, as well.) Want to give someone a bowl of soup? That means you’re a traitor. Want to help someone gain skills to get a job? Traitor. Want to buy someone a meal who’s walking across three counties to get to his kid (as I once did)? Traitor. Want to do absolutely anything for someone who can’t afford everything that you can? Traitor. Want to keep everything you own for yourself? Patriot.
I have one word for that: unbelievable. Calling injustice patriotic is self-destructive, Mr. Beck. Using fear to coerce people into making yourself look popular is self-destructive, Mr. Beck. Thinking that anyone who has nothing because of society deserves to be abandoned by society is not only self-destructive, it’s irrational and as hardened as a piece of flint. You, Mr. Beck, have become unbelievable.
Good thing the Gospel of God in Christ Jesus is believable, instead! Definitely don’t want to follow you, sir.
If you would like to sign the petition to get Glenn to, basically, acknowledge God’s real heart for the poor, please, please, please do that with Bread for The World right here, or with Jim Wallis and Sojourners right here!
P.S. — Props to brother Scot.