Evangelicals, Glenn Beck, and the Morning After

I thought I would highlight a couple of different Evangelical reactions to Glen Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally that I’ve seen different Evangelicals pass around. I recognize that Glen Beck does not speak for the LDS church or for all Mormons, but he is a Mormon and his Mormonism plays a role in how Evangelicals react to his efforts.

In general, I’m not so pleased with what the Evangelical community has said about Beck or Mormonism as I am with the general call against “civil religion” as presented by Beck. Please note that I don’t personally endorse all the articles below, I’m just passing on the things I’ve seen other Evangelicals discuss.

1) An article by Russel Moore entitled God, the Gospel, and Glenn Beck

2) An interview about what troubles Albert Mohler about the rally.

3) An episode of Breakpoint by Chuck Colson which capitalizes on Moore’s article.

4) Finally, this interaction between two Evangelicals, Todd Friel (Wretchedradio.com) and Brannon Howse (Worldviewweekend.com), on a radio show called “Worldview Matters“. (there’s a short video clip from this program I’m trying to find).

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6 thoughts on “Evangelicals, Glenn Beck, and the Morning After

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  2. Thanks for posting these articles. From what I have observed, the reaction to Glen Beck amongst my LDS friends and relatives has been equally diverse, but for different reasons. Many think he is heaven sent, and some think he is a vapid windbag at best and a dangerous hatemongering polemic. The fact that he can illicit such strong reactions either way tells you he is doing his job very well. I agree with this article that people should not mistake Glen’s message with “the Gospel,” but from what I could tell, the biggest problem the writers had with Glen was his Mormon faith. In both articles, that was one of the very first things they mention after mentioning his name. If Glen Beck said the exact same message but was a member of a different Christian denomination more to their liking, would they still have a problem with it? From what I could tell, they greatly misunderstood his message. I think he was specifically being vague in his religious rhetoric in order to reinforce his message. I do not perceive that Glen is trying to teach any specific doctrine of salvation for people to cling to. What I more or less got from his message was that Americans in general have largely turned their back on God and religion in favor of the comforts of secularism and materialism. In order for people to improve the state of the nation, they must first improve themselves, their families, their communities, etc, and the only way to do that is to live by the Christian virtues as taught by the Bible and other analogous religious texts. I perceive that he is encouraging people to go back to turn their hearts back to God and work out details of worshipping him themselves according their own consciences.

    While I am not yet settled on Glen’s motivations for spreading this message, I cannot deny that it is nevertheless an uplifting message that people need to hear. I believe truth is truth regardless of the messenger.

  3. Forgive a few omitted words in that last reply. I should have read it back through more thoroughly before posting.

  4. The fact that he can illicit such strong reactions either way tells you he is doing his job very well.

    Or very poorly, depending on what his “job” is.

  5. If Glen Beck said the exact same message but was a member of a different Christian denomination more to their liking, would they still have a problem with it?

    You fail to realize, as Mohler so aptly points out, that Mormons can’t help but use their secret code language, where they use the same words but mean different things. They understand “freedom” and even “America” to mean something different than everybody else does, its troubling that they are even allowed to use the English language. Why can’t they just buy into the universally understood concept of God, happiness, good society, and righteousness?

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