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Monday, March 8, 2010 9:37 pm

Shorter Glenn Beck: Jesus sucks!

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns!,Religion — Lex @ 9:37 pm
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Yeah, pretty much:

On his daily radio and television shows last week, Fox News personality Glenn Beck set out to convince his audience that “social justice,” the term many Christian churches use to describe their efforts to address poverty and human rights, is a “code word” for communism and Nazism. Beck urged Christians to discuss the term with their priests and to leave their churches if leaders would not reconsider their emphasis on social justice.

“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

Uh, dude, that “kingdom of God” and “kingdom of Heaven” that Jesus was talking about? He was talking about Heaven, all right, but he also was talking about our duty to others here on Earth, and he made that clear time and time again.

UPDATED to add “Shorter” to the title and remove the quotation marks, inasmuch as some readers are not familiar with the Internet “shorter” convention, invented by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. Some people are aware of all Internet traditions, but I realize that neither my readers nor I am among them.

UPDATE: One of my Facebook friends’ commenters adds, “Is there a SMITE button?”

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10 Comments »

  1. Define our duties to others here on Earth, and what did Jesus say they are?
    How about we use the Scout Law which is succinct or to the point.
    Are these duties mandatory or by choice?
    Are they the path to heaven or merely to a life well lived?
    How do you define Social Justice?
    Is it equality of opportunity or equality of outcome or something else entirely?
    How do you define equality of opportunity?
    Should the government mandate public service?
    Who decides what constitutes public service?
    I’d be interested to know the ultimate truths above, can you provide them?

    Comment by Jon Firebaugh — Tuesday, March 9, 2010 12:15 am @ 12:15 am | Reply

  2. Jesus said our duties are to love God, which we are to do by loving that of God that is in every human being. That means treating every human being as we ourselves would like to be treated. He made it simple to understand because he knew it went against every bit of instinctive and cultural conditioning that makes humans want to stick with their own kind and be hostile toward “the other.”

    The path to Heaven, if you’re a Christian, is faith in Christ as Savior, and looking after others is the way in which that faith is supposed to manifest itself.

    I define social justice as primarily equality of opportunity, but with certain basic needs met for everyone.

    I don’t know whether the government should mandate public service, broadly defined. Experience with mandatory service both here and in other countries suggests it’s a mixed bag, the need for which may change with conditions (e.g., we wouldn’t have won WWII without it, but is it ALWAYS the right or best thing to do?).

    I don’t claim to have ultimate truth here, but I do claim without fear of contradiction that Glenn Beck either doesn’t understand Jesus’ message, doesn’t believe in it or is cynically saying something he doesn’t actually believe in order to pander to the selfishness in his audience.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, March 9, 2010 5:37 am @ 5:37 am | Reply

  3. “I don’t know whether the government should mandate public service, broadly defined.”

    I do. The Lord would not have government mandate social service because He doesn’t mandate social service. Instaed He simply commands it and encourages it. He expects our service to others to come from within…from our heart. I volunteer 2 days a week on the oncology floors of Baptist Hospital. The Lord wants me there and since He is my Lord I go and it is exciting to see how He uses it. Government did not need to mandate that assignment for me, and if it did it would fail.
    I object to your sensational title “Glenn Beck; “Jesus sucks!” Apparently Beck never said what you have placed in quotes.

    Comment by Mike J Baron — Tuesday, March 9, 2010 8:16 am @ 8:16 am | Reply

  4. Mike, apparently you are not familiar with the Internet “shorter” convention, invented by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard.

    Because you fear my engaging in this convention it might be confusing, I’ll add “Shorter” to the headline and delete the quotation marks.

    If, after those changes, you still object to the sensational title, I fear there’s nothing else I can do to help you.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, March 9, 2010 9:08 am @ 9:08 am | Reply

  5. By the way, when I said I don’t know whether the government mandates social service, I mean at the level of individual social service, i.e., nonmilitary national service. Sorry I wasn’t clear on that point. Also, Jesus didn’t mandate military service, either. Where do you stand on the draft? (For the record, I oppose it except in cases of national emergency, and if such a case arises, there need to be far fewer ways out than there were in the Vietnam era.)

    But he did mandate a fair, just society with what the theologians call a preferential option — we might say “bias” — toward/for the poor. Even the Roman Catholic Church gets that.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, March 9, 2010 9:24 am @ 9:24 am | Reply

  6. YOU WHO SPEAK WORDS THAT SAY THEY ARE THE WORDS OF THE LORD SPEAK FALSE, I DEMAND YOU SHOW ME ONE PLACE IN THE BIBLE WHERE THE WORDS SOCIAL AND JUSTICE ARE PLACED TOGETHER BY GOD’S LAW OR WORDS! MAN’S EVIL MEANING CAN NOT BE USED FOR INTERPUTATION OF THE BIBLE! CATHOLIC PRIEST ARE NOT BOUND BY GOD AND GOD IS NOT A PETIFILE AS THE BISHOPS AND THE PRIEST ARE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH! BACK TOO YOUR HOLE DEVIL AND DELIVER YOUR SERMONS TO THOSE CREATURES OF FALSE AND PHONY LIES, YOUR CHURCH IS FALSE AND GOD WILL DESTROY THOSE THAT SAY HE DID THIS AND HE DID THAT WITHOUT THE UNDERSTANDING OF HIS WORD! READ THE BIBLE AND STAY AWAY FROM MAN FOR HE IS DECEITFUL AND PRACTIONERS OF THE DEVIL!

    Comment by J.W. AmericanNaturalBorn — Monday, March 15, 2010 9:48 am @ 9:48 am | Reply

  7. THE POPE,”A MAN” ELECTED BY MAN TO SERVE MAN DECIDED TO PAY RESTITUTION TO ALL THE FAMILIES AND MEMBERS OF HIS CATHOLIC FAITH FOR THE PETIFILE ACTS OF THOSE WHO HAVE FOR YEARS BEEN HURTING GOD’S CHILDREN AND GOD WILL TAKE REVENGE WHEN THE TRUMPET SOUNDS ON THE SEVEN TIME AND ALL MEN BEST WAKE UP TO THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION FOR IF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH REFUSES HIS WORDS THEY WILL BE THOSE ON THE GULF LEFT WITHOUT HOPE AND WHAT THEY CALL “SOCIAL JUSTICE”!

    Comment by J.W. AmericanNaturalBorn — Monday, March 15, 2010 10:00 am @ 10:00 am | Reply

  8. GOD SAID SENT THE CRIMINALS THE MURDERERS, RAPTIST, PEDIFILES (THE CATHOLIC CHURCH) TO HIM FOR JUSTICE AND THAT IS NOT THE SOCIAL JUSTICE YOU SINNERS KEEP TALKING ABOUT! $650,000,000.00 TO COVER UP THE CRIMES AGAINST GODS CHILDREN AND THEY THINK THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO DISCUSS THE LAW OF GOD!GET A LIFE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE SINNERS BECAUSE GOD IS COMING WITH THE SWORD THIS TIME NOT THE PURPOSE OF US SHEDDING HIS BLOOD BUT THE SHEDING OF THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN THE DEATH BURIAL AND THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST! THE SWORD WILL HAVE NO MERCY, YOUR STUPID WORDS AND YOUR DEEDS WILL BE JUDGED LATER!

    Comment by JOHN — Monday, March 15, 2010 10:10 am @ 10:10 am | Reply

  9. Dear John:

    Son, your caps key is stuck. You might want to fix that. But first, wipe the spittle from your chin.

    No, the phrase “social justice” does not appear in the Bible. But many of the systems and behaviors encompassed by that modern phrase do. Jesus’ preaching text is basically Isaiah 61, which pretty much describes a lot of what present-day people are thinking of when they use the phrase “social justice.” If you still want to argue the point, you’re wasting your breath. I’m not a literalist and have no patience for those who are. You’ve got the whole rest of the Internet at your disposal to trumpet that line; it’s not welcome here.

    I’m glad you see eye-to-eye with me on some of the problems of the Roman Catholic Church.

    Now, before you post another comment, please read this. All kidding and irony aside, your behavior is unacceptable. This is your first and last warning.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, March 15, 2010 11:40 am @ 11:40 am | Reply

  10. Saint, patience of a.

    I bow before such masterful self-restraint, and I thank you for providing me a real-world model to attempt to emulate.

    Best wishes to all for the year to come.

    Comment by smartalek — Sunday, January 2, 2011 4:43 pm @ 4:43 pm | Reply


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