On the anniversary of the March on Washington, and standing within feet of where Dr. Martin Luther King shared his dream of a better, more just day, political commentator Glenn Beck announced, "America today begins to turn back to God."
It was the launch of his "Restore Honor" rally.
Speaking to a crowd that extended from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, Beck urged: "Recognize your place to the Creator. Realize that he is our king. He is the one who guides and directs our life and protects us." Included were appeals for more prayer and for the restoration of traditional American values. All well and good.
Then, a few days later, Beck appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. When asked by host Bill O'Reilly why he steers away from cultural issues like abortion and gay "marriage," Beck answered, "Honestly, I think we have bigger fish to fry," adding, "You can argue about abortion or gay marriage or whatever all you want. The country is burning down...I don't think marriage, that the government actually has anything to do with...that is a religious right."
Anyone see a disconnect?
To "turn back to God" is to place allegiance to our heavenly King before that due our earthly kings. It is to put the law of God above the law of man, including what his law says about the sanctity of life and the sacredness of marriage. Any "turn" failing to do so, is a turn of 360 degrees.
In the words of a hero
Martin Luther King is a personal hero of Beck, whom he is fond of quoting. In his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, King gave three features of an "unjust law": 1) it is manmade law that is out of harmony with the moral law of God, 2) it degrades the human personality, and 3) it is forced upon "on a minority that,,,had no part in enacting or devising [it]." All three apply to legalized abortion and gay "marriage."
Both abortion and gay "marriage" are incongruent with the moral law of God: abortion because it is the taking of innocent life, prohibited by the Sixth Commandment; gay "marriage" because it is against the institution, divinely ordained, of marriage between one man and one woman.
Both degrade our humanness: the former because it deems the smallest and most powerless among us as unworthy of basic human rights; the latter because it presumes that man is a response-stimulus organism that has no choice but to act on its creaturely instincts.
Finally, and most disturbingly, both have been legalized without the consent of the governed. Abortion-on-demand was made the law of the land by the "robed masters" of the judiciary. The same is true in states where gay "marriage" has been made legal. But in every state where it has been put to popular vote, gay "marriage" has been roundly defeated. Currently, that's 30 states and counting.
Broken legs and picked pockets
In his tete-a-tete with O'Reilly, Beck further explained his position, quoting another of his personal heroes, Thomas Jefferson: "If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?"
Beck is right. The legitimization of homosexual unions will not lead to broken legs; it will lead to something much worse... Continue reading here.
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About Regis Nicoll
Regis Nicoll is a Centurion of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. After a 30-year career as a nuclear specialist, Regis became a freelance writer who writes on current cultural issues from a Christian perspective. His work regularly appears on BreakPoint online and SALVO magazine among other places. Regis also teaches and speaks on a variety of worldview topics, covering everything from Sharing the Gospel in a Postmodern Generation to String Theory. As a men's ministry leader in his community, Regis also conducts seminars for the spiritual development of men.
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