No, honestly. I’d love to meet Glenn Beck. I mean really meet him, as in sit down and talk to him… if I could get a word in edgewise.
I want to say, “Mr. Beck, you said on the radio: ‘I beg you, look for the words social justice or economic justice on your church web site. It you find it, run as fast as your can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!'”
I want to say, “Mr. Beck, have you lost your mind?”
We live in a world simmering with oppression and need. I know this is true, because I’ve seen it. Children in India growing up in garbage dumps. Desperate people in refugee camps in Sudan. Tiny children in rural China who walk six hours over treacherous mountain paths to attend school. Girls in Nepal trafficked into the brothels of Bombay. Children in North Africa who have never seen a toothbrush and have no idea that it’s bad to clean up after the water buffalo then mix bread dough without ever washing their hands. An entire village in Africa sick and dying from eating pesticide that they thought was grain because no on in the village could read the warning on the bag.
I would like to say, “Mr. Beck, those of us who believe in the power of God and the words of Jesus have an obligation to reach out with helping hands to the hungry and sick, the brutalized and enslaved, the oppressed and suffering of the world. You talk, Mr. Beck, but others act.”
No one of us can be involved in everything, everywhere. Of course not. But then, when we act as a body–which a church is, Mr. Beck– we have the advantage of uniting a whole array of gifts and abilities and possibilities into real hope. What could be a more perfect way to reach out and minister in the love of Christ?
I’d like to say, “Take care with that arrogance, Mr. Beck. The time may come when you will be the one needing to receive social justice. You wouldn’t be the first person to strut along in cocky confidence one day, and the next to hide out in a clammy spider hole.”
That’s why I want to meet Glenn Beck.
“The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe