Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Naughty Glenn

Naughty Glenn
(by R.P.Edwards)

Consider all the applecarts
Laying on the ground
Toppled by the naughty boy
The troublemaker
And see the righteous vendors
Aghast at what he’s done
But notice all the rotten fruit
Exposed…in purging…sun

And I have to lean back, put my hands behind my head, gaze towards the upward sloping ceiling (converted attic) and just say… “wow.”  And what prompts my measured exclamation? The phenomenon known as, Glenn Beck.

You know, like the many, I’m a multifaceted mutt.  No, not lineage, or bloodline--though I certainly am that-- but in my beliefs, views, tendencies, priorities, etc.  Sure, I’m a working stiff, but far above my card-holding status I am a Christian, a husband, a father, a patriot, just a plain ‘ol concerned American citizen.  And, since I and the many are deeply troubled by the downward slide of our precious U.S. of A, we pray, vote, talk, and in smallish ways…do.

Now, enter Glenn Beck.  Years ago I remember giving ear to his on-air shtick (hardly an avid listener), finding it somewhat amusing, but usually not staying long enough to digest the whole hog.  Then…something happened.  Apparently Glenn hit personal bottom and, reaching up…he found God.  And now, incredibly, this often comical communicator is being used by the Almighty (yes, I believe that) to help encourage a hurting nation…to return to the basics. To return to the foundational and humbling place that acknowledges the Supreme Being, with the understanding that not only do our “rights” come from He, but that our--in all ways--prosperity, cannot be divorced from his hand.

Yeah, yeah, I know this unusual messenger does not pass our “expectation” muster.  A former drunk.  A clownish beginning.  Not Ivy League groomed (or any college sheepskin for that matter).  Not a pastor, or preacher, or a certified somebody in religious realms, he even has the audacity of being a…Mormon! (yes, I'm aware of some notable doctrine issues)

But, with all these apparent detractions, his words ring true.  Indeed, this fellow has been driven to discover our “best” past and, drawing inspiration from this and the tutelage of the like-minded, he exhorts all of us to do the same.  And, though many try to smear him, defame him, malign, criticize, and belittle him; their attacks seem as nothing more than the desperate rails and rants of a counterfeit royalty…now disrobed.

And so Glenn…keep on.  Keep talking.  Keep exhorting.  Keeping attending.  Keep crying.  Keep praying. Keep loving America.  And maybe, with the aid and unction of “Natures God, the Creator, the Supreme Judge of the world, divine Providence” we’ll have that Great Awakening…that we so desperately need.

 Here’s a passage that reminds me of Mr. Beck.

26 Brothers, consider your calling: not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. 27 Instead, God has chosen the world's foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world's weak things to shame the strong. 28 God has chosen the world's insignificant and despised things; the things viewed as nothing—so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something, 29 so that no one can boast in His presence. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29, Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Here’s a link to a previous “I like Glenn” blog.  "Beck Me!"

The Bible passage was gleaned from the "Bible Gateway."  A fine site if you want to search different versions of the Scripture.  Bible Gateway


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