I did not like Glenn Beck. At least that was how I felt when my wife first pointed him out to me a couple of years ago. He seemed so arrogant and cocky. He would go on those rants that made me quickly dislike him. Then one day, I actually sat and listened to what he had to say. And, then I watched another day. Eventually, that led to me actually programming my DVR to make sure I don’t miss any of his programs.
How could I go from disliking him to actually admiring him? First, I found substance to what he was saying. I discovered that he is actually more an educator than a commentator. He has a passion to present and preserve history. He has a passion to stay true to the Constitution instead of making it irrelevant as many activist judges commonly do through their rulings.
Liberals are often heard to say that Glenn Beck and other commentators on Fox News tell lies. About two months ago, I asked one of my liberal friends to specifically tell me the lies that Glenn Beck tells. He came up with a quote from over 3 years ago. I found this to be very humorous. After all, if this guy is on the television over 200 days a year spewing lies and falsehoods do you really have to go back 3 years in order to find something of substance? I researched what he presented to me and it turned out to be lifted out of context.
I don’t recall the exact numbers but for sake of this article let’s humorously say that he was quoting Beck as saying 40% of doctors smear mustard on their peanut butter and jelly (PBJ) sandwiches. Come to find out, Beck wasn’t saying that 40% of the 800,000+ doctors smear mustard on their PBJ sandwiches. He was quoting a specific survey of 1,000 doctors. There is a difference in quoting a specific survey that may or may not have been scientifically conducted and making a broad assertion across the entire population of America. By isolating that quote, we also don’t really know what Glenn Beck said afterwards. He may or may not have been scoffing at the study.
A week before the November 2010 elections, I attended his Constitution Rally in Colorado Springs. What a great event! I chuckled when I walked in and saw this big stage with an ‘old school’ chalkboard. Those chalkboards always seemed so big when I was a kid. But, in an 8,000 seat auditorium it looked amazingly tiny on that stage. Beck only used the blackboard to write two words. He wrote, “I am ______.” These words are a recollection back to the Old Testament when Moses asked God who he should tell the people was sending him. God’s reply was, “I am that I am.” Wow!
Although I have serious concerns about Glenn Beck’s theology and consequent eternity, I have to admit that Glenn Beck is effectively putting forth a message of getting involved in church and giving back 10% of your income to religious causes. I can’t help but believe that this emphasis has caused some increased attendance and offering plate donations of churches around the nation. In today’s world of political correctness, his message of recapturing the principles that made this nation great causes great consternation with the liberal left.
The left is nervous regarding Glenn Beck. They have to discredit him. Although they can’t seem to come up with these apparent lies, they have to throw out allegations without seriously dialogue. Glenn Beck does tremendous amounts of research and has a firm grasp of political history. He does sometimes throw out his ‘Bearing Strait’ theology regarding Mormonism which has never been confirmed. In fact, it has been pretty much debunked through modern DNA research. However, aside from his faulty grasp of Christian history, I greatly admire Glenn Beck’s intellect and dedication to careful methodical research.
If liberals would actually listen to Glenn Beck with an open mind instead of immediately dismissing based on preconceived notions, many liberals would move towards the conservative thought process. Glenn Beck is neither a pariah nor a liar. Beck is a voice calling this nation back to sanity. He is calling this nation back to what made it great. Personal responsibility, initiative and reliance upon God and your fellow man are key components of what Glenn Beck is communicating. And, if given the opportunity I would love to have an hour of Glenn Beck’s time to talk to him about Christianity. With politics, he is spot on correct. With religion, he is so close yet so far.