I had sent the following letter out to half a dozen clergy members over the summer;
Dear Esteemed Clergy:
I will attempt to convey a message from the heart that came to me this morning. As the people of Israel were led from the miracles in Egypt and out of the desert by Moses to a “place” where they forgot, lost their faith and worshipped idols…I believe we find ourselves in very same place today.
We recently had friends for dinner and when our one guest David offered to say grace and extended his hands, I was struck by how wonderful the gesture…and how foreign it has become! Upon deeper thought I wondered if, in exchange for liberating ourselves from “the closet” on so many levels, we have stuffed GOD into it?
Look around at the faces in your congregation. Have you not seen them age in the past 2 years more than they have in the past 10! How did we get to this place…again? Only the names have changed! American Idol in Prime Time…and GOD in the closet! This is not the America I grew up in. We have slowly evolved to a place that most of us over 40 just don’t recognize anymore.
Arguably, the most hated and vilified man by those in power and the mainstream media these days is Glenn Beck. Why is that? When I listen to him, I hear him “begging” us to remember who we are. I hear him educate us about our Founders and their faith in God as the one and only source of our inalienable rights and the seed of American Exceptionalism. And I hear him telling us to get on our knees and pray! When and how did it become bad to espouse these things? Who has turned this world upside down?
I am 57 years old and I love and believe in my country. But I no longer trust those we have entrusted to manage the affairs of government in Albany or Washington. On August 28th there will be a Restoring Honor Rally at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial organized by Glenn Beck. His words resonate as truth in my heart, which is why I am going to be there.
I would respectfully ask you to please read this message from my heart to your congregation. And if indeed this message strikes the same true chord with them, then please ask them to join us on August 28th.
Thank You and God Bless,
I did not hear back from a single one of them! On the surface, one could argue that the clergy are mindful of diverse congregations and are careful not to alienate those who may find Mr. Beck offensive. And after all, I am not a member of their congregation…so I didn’t think that much of it, other than being a little surprised at hearing no response at all to “a message from the heart”.
But standing here today, I have to say that I now believe it is worse than that. I fear that many of God’s Shepherds, be they Rabbi’s, Pastors or Priests, have abandoned their posts. Ten years ago, the terms collective salvation, liberation theology and social justice were not familiar to me. Today, they are more than words. They are the tools of darkness…a virtual web of lies and deceit, carried by charming men. How many Rabbi’s, Pastors & Priests are overtly or covertly “protecting” their flocks from the dangers of Palin, Limbaugh and Beck…while completely ignoring the flood of Hollywood porn and promiscuity targeting their children…and worse?? Have they deserted their heavenly father and allowed themselves to be co-opted by the earthly ends justify the means, social justice crowd?
I had a very dear friend of the liberal persuasion ask me recently, “Where are the champions of social justice on the right who are defending the oppressed?” I thought to myself, how we have all been so misled for so long…we have simply lost our way. Isn’t that the primary purpose of the shepherd…to prevent that from happening? Where are they in their defense of the innocent and oppressed?
Who is more oppressed than the average middle class tax-paying citizen of Wisconsin at this very moment? They are under siege and being held hostage by pure greed and evil. Where is the social justice in the demands of those who pretend to stand for democracy while choking the life out of it? They have failed the children, bankrupted their states and will now openly stand with socialists and communists to forsake the values of their own country for the sake of their own interests!
A very intelligent family member said to me this past weekend, “It’s great what’s happening throughout the Middle East right now.” He went on to express his optimism concerning the current dispose the despot trend sweeping the region. His optimism came across to me as pure naivety from someone who has lost complete touch with the true cost of freedom, and an understanding of the true power of her enemies!
We are not observing a new wave of liberating freedom and democracy sweeping the world! We are witnessing chaos and confusion in a well orchestrated global set change. And we have very well-organized ideologies that have NOTHING to do with freedom and democracy, slipping back into power in Tunisia where it all began, and elsewhere…which leads me to wonder whose side is God on?