American Patriotism And Followers of Jesus
Time has been given and dusted has now settled after Glen Beck's historical rallies upon the American nation on the weekend of August 27thand 28th, 2010. It was historic. Whether you are for or against Glenn Beck and or his rallies, the event was historic. Our personal opinions matter not regarding the amount of people attending, it was massive and impressive.
I personally viewed half of the rally from here in the Philippines live via Internet feed on 8/28. I was glad that I did view it. There appeared to be so many proud Americans there with many races and creeds being represented. That brought me great joy to see my American flag everywhere at the rally. American Patriotism at it's best I think. Beyond that though, is the person who brought this rally together; Mr. Glenn Beck. He is a well known Conservative TV and radio Talk Show Host. Practically everyone in America knows Mr. Beck(hate him or love him-people know him). I have on occasions had chance to listen to Mr. Beck regarding views of America and the changes we have seen under President Obama. I can't say I disagree with Mr. Beck on the times I viewed or listened to his political views. Notice, I said political views... I say "political views" because as of late, Mr. Beck has been mentioning or evoking on some of his programs the name of "God/god." That brought closer attention on my part upon the person of "who is Mr. Glen Beck ?"
For those who are unaware, Mr. Beck is a Mormon or LDS(" Latter Day Saints"-they are similar in their beliefs). Mr. Beck has freely admitted to being a Mormon and he has every right to believe what ever he chooses. America gives all the freedom to worship his "creator as he chooses." I mention Mr. Beck's religious beliefs though because it is important to understand his leadership role in America today. Admit it or not, Mr. Beck is indeed leading and taking a leadership position in America. Mr. Beck is mobilizing an "army" of people from coast to coast in the USA to bring back "core values" to America. Mr. Beck has mentioned many of the American Founding Fathers and their beliefs/quotes on his programs. We should realize that many of our Founding Fathers were indeed Bible believing Christians. That is the key difference where Mr Beck and I may have a difference in opinion regarding the appropriateness of Mr. Beck to lead the American people without understanding and implementing our Biblical Christianity as did our Founding Fathers. Mr Beck's Mormonism is being called into question(not just I) but by many Bible believing Christians. There are no Bible believing Christian Denominations that consider Mormonism or LDS Christians. As a matter of fact, Mormonism/LDS is considered to be a cult.
I was very disappointed to recently read on the Facebook Page of David Barton/Wallbuilders that Mr. Barton(who I greatly respect) was sharing he would delete those comments on his Facebook Page any comments or questions regarding Mr. Beck's Mormonism or his religious beliefs. I view that as most unfortunate.
I believe our American Founding Fathers made it pain stakingly clear that America was founded as a Christian nation, not a religious nation. Although other religions are allowed to freely worship here... those who lead(whether governmentaly elected or take a role to lead a nation in any "movement") should reflect that of our Founding Fathers. This is what Patrick Henry once said. I believe the following quote brings "home" my point...
“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” ~ Patrick Henry [May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses]