When it comes to Glenn Beck and his God-centered patriotic Tea Party message, here’s the question facing conservative Christians: Will they view Glenn Beck as “Patriot-in-Chief” or “Pastor-in-Chief” or both?
Clearly, Beck’s message of, “Turning back to God” resonates with Evangelicals and if you think it was an act think again. God saved Glenn Beck and he knows it. His speech this past weekend was truly from his heart.
There are going to be conservative Evangelicals who get caught up in the fact that Glenn Beck is a Mormon and they’ll be concerned that he’s up their preaching about God. They’ll say that his rhetoric may confuse people because he doesn’t view God the same way Evangelicals do. That’s true and valid but look, here’s the deal: Glenn Beck IS NOT your Senior Pastor. He’s not the Apostle Paul or Billy Graham even though Beck’s message on Saturday may have sounded like all three of them combined. If Glenn Beck went up there talking about the tenets of his Mormon faith, that would be one thing. If he started to whip out the Book of Mormon and started reading from the biography page of Joseph Smith then there would be a problem. But he didn’t. When he talked about God and Moses and the Apostle Paul, we Evangelicals know that he’s talking about the one true God: The God of the Bible. If others interpret it differently there’s nothing that can be done about that.
Glenn Beck did something very important this past weekend. He injected God directly into the equation. It is now part of the national discourse. He used his influential megaphone to give God the glory. And while Glenn Beck’s view of God may be different than that of Evangelicals don’t you think it’s about time someone with true influence stood up and wasn’t ashamed to say that putting God first in your life is the only way to real change? After Beck’s rally on Saturday, you can be sure that more people may start to inquire about who God really is. They really may start to search. Glenn Beck deserves credit for that. God can and will use anybody so that people will be drawn to him and If those folks who are searching for answers approach us, are we as Evangelical Christians ready with an answer? We better be.