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Sadly, the whole controversy with Glenn Beck and churches that practice "social justice" as part of their theology is far from over.  Oh, sorry, it's not really a controversy except in Beck's twisted mind.  Glenn Beck still thinks that Christian churches that care for the poor, serve others, and put the welfare of our whole world before the welfare of one country are CommuNaziSocialFascists (we could go somewhere with this new term - abbreviate it CNSF for short and just plug it into rightwinger speeches whenever they say "Democrat party" or "Marxist" or any of the component words).  Jim Wallis is still under attack from Ol' Lonesome Rhodes, and still - because he is a better human being - trying very, very hard to educate people about the untruths in Beck's messages, rather than attacking him outright as an idiot.  See this article for more of Jim Wallis' refusal to rise to the bait.  More below the cut.

Sad thing is, Beck only proves a complete ignorance of all Christian scriptures, as well as those of the Church of Latter-Day Saints to which he supposedly belongs, by his ranting diatribe.  Wallis does a beautiful exegesis of Scriptural support for social justice in his diary on Sojourners, and I'm not about to try to one-up someone with forty years of experience as an activist and a Christian pastor.  Suffice it to say, you cannot read the Bible with any sense of reverence or fairness to the text and come away from it without clear, timeless messages of social justice and global equality.  Finding less in the Bible is cherry-picking to fit an ideological agenda, whatever side of the political or religious spectrum you favor.  And Beck is pickin' him some big-ass cherries.

Here's the fact - God loves justice.  Jesus does too.  If Glenn Beck is too blind to see that, then it's not the churches that need help.  It's him.  I would encourage you - if you are a Christian - to turn yourself in to Glenn Beck as a Christian who loves social justice.  He has said that the "hammer will pound through the night" - whatever that means - until Jim Wallis is discredited.  Let's continue to prove to Glenn Beck that he is wrong about the church, wrong about Jim Wallis, and wrong about God.  I am tired of my faith being used for the political gain of the lunatic right.

Originally posted to SocialPunk on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 05:24 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" -Joseph N. Welch, to Joseph McCarthy

    by SocialPunk on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 05:24:09 PM PDT

  •  And while the Clown Prince of Hate is ranting (6+ / 0-)

    about this the Catholic church is putting sex offenders who avoid convictions on technicalities back in ministries. Maybe he should be complaining about real problems with churches instead of his imagined ones.

    Has anyone noticed the "Invisible Hand of the Free Market" is still giving us the bird?

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 05:30:03 PM PDT

  •  "Christians" like Beck (2+ / 0-)

    have one motivating inspiration...

    A revenge fantasy for Christ's crucifixion.

    They know NOTHING of Jesus's works or words.  It's all about the blood for them.

    They fetishize the scourged and bloodied Mel Gibson Christ until they believe he is inside them, and that THEY are the crucified...

    ...at which time they cast their eyes about in search of an object for their revenge.

    -------------------------------------------------------
    Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

    by SFOrange on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 05:56:45 PM PDT

  •  Glen Peckerhead. (2+ / 0-)

                                                                                 

    My Momma raised crazy children not stupid ones.

    by wolfie1818 on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 06:03:06 PM PDT

  •  Wonder how Christians feel about (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Seamus D, ontheleftcoast

    attacks on their faith, by an ex-cokehead Mormon?

    "One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity nothing beats teamwork." - Mark Twain

    by greendem on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 06:06:31 PM PDT

  •  Does glenn toss out the Bible because it says: (0+ / 0-)

    Deuteronomy 27:19
    ' Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

    Job 34:17
    "Shall one who hates justice rule?And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,

    Psalm 82:3
    Vindicate the weak and fatherless;Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

    Psalm 146:7
    Who executes justice for the oppressed;Who gives food to the hungry The LORD sets the prisoners free.

    Isaiah 1:17 (New American Standard Bible)

       17Learn to do good;
            (A)Seek justice,
            Reprove the ruthless,
            (B)Defend the orphan,
            Plead for the widow.

    Ezekiel 22:29
    "The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice.

    Micah 6:8
    He has told you, O man, what is good;And what does the LORD require of youBut to do justice, to love kindness,And to walk humbly with your God?

    and while I was looking around at biblical quotes of justice, guess who  I thought of when I found this one:

    Proverbs 19:28
    A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.

    you get three guesses ...actually you get more, and you are right every time you mention hosts of the big shows on FOX news

    Give your heart a real workout! Love your enemies!

    by moonbatlulu on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 08:37:42 PM PDT

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