God, the Gospel and Glenn Beck
Russell D. Moore wrote an excellent article concering the Glenn Beck rally and the reaction of American Christians. He writes:
A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that theyâ€™ve heard the gospel, right there in the nationâ€™s capital.
The news media pronounces him the new leader of Americaâ€™s Christian conservative movement, and a flock of Americaâ€™s Christian conservatives have no problem with that.
If youâ€™d told me that ten years ago, I would have assumed it was from the pages of an evangelical apocalyptic novel about the end-times. But itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s from this weekâ€™s headlines. And it is a scandal.
Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, of course, is that Mormon at the center of all this. Beck isnâ€™t the problem. Heâ€™s an entrepreneur, heâ€™s brilliant, and, hats off to him, he knows his market. Latter-day Saints have every right to speak, with full religious liberty, in the public square. Iâ€™m quite willing to work with Mormons on various issues, as citizens working for the common good. What concerns me here is not what this says about Beck or the â€œTea Partyâ€ or any other entertainment or political figure. What concerns me is about what this says about the Christian churches in the United States.