I’M A BIT OF A CYNIC….
Not unusual for a re-formed republican who voted for Ross Perot way back when - after Bush the Elder said “read my lips”. These days I call myself a “conservative independent”. No, you wouldn’t catch me in a Democrat gathering but, at a Republican affair, my first inclination is to ferret-out the RINOs.
That’s one reason I like to watch Glenn Beck on FOXNews. The other is that I’m pointed to historical materials I, as a history buff, never before came across. Glenn is providing a valuable service to the public. He is educating a slew of people who call themselves Americans - making them consider WHY they do so. Lately, he is bringing home the point “We are endowed by our Creator……” – a point many have forgotten. Doesn’t God say to return to Him, repent, and He will “heal thy land”?
Now, as to Glenn’s Mormonism: to me, it’s personal.
My road to born-again Christianity began with being born into and raised in the Catholic Church. It wasn’t until college and a course in comparative religions that I even considered the fact that Jesus was a Jew. I began reading everything I could on all the world’s faiths, including for the first time the Bible. I welcomed in Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah Witnesses when they knocked on my door and read their publications. Then, years later, I hired a Mormon nanny to be part of my household. She promptly placed the Book of Mormon in my hands. I read that book too but concluded that Joseph Smith was, at best, deceived and, at worse, an opportunist. But, must all his followers be painted with the same brush for following generally Christian principles? Are All Catholics going to hell – even the ones who were burned at the stake? Are all Protestants saved – even those who killed each other in the name of their own interpretation of Scripture?
Glenn recently said something which touches all of us: (paraphrased) salvation is NOT a community affair – it’s personal.
My road to a personal relationship with Jesus took many detours and many years. But I gained much knowledge with which to make a ‘reasoned’ decision. God says: let us reason together. Glenn may be in the reasoning stage. We shouldn’t let any of our ‘progressive’ political tendencies, which unfortunately permeate many Christian churches, get in his way. We should remember that Jesus didn’t value the company of his own religious elite but went out of his way to consort with those they deemed unseemly. The Shepherd goes after His lost sheep.