9.01.2010

Hope Shouldn't Float


Glenn Beck has been on my mind lately.  It seems it was quite an accomplishment to call together hundreds of thousands of people (300,000 to 500,000 by most estimates) to a rally in Washington.  I watched the rally titled Restoring Honor on C-SPAN and was quite moved by it. 

Beck has an ability to reach people's hearts because he is an honest, energized and emotional guy and he's good at what he does.  His talent for build up and drama is not often found in people who are interested in politics and what gets him so excited used to seem so boring to me: the history of America and especially the founding of our country.  After listening to him for a while, I've been much more interested in the lives of our founders and what it was that moved them to begin and build the American dream.

Obama was able to gather large crowds as well (not as large as Beck's rally but large by all accounts).  Remember those speeches and all those people?  Throngs.  Obama's oration was spectacular, emotional and moving.  A lot like Beck except not as goofy.  And we, the people, were so easily moved by by his rhetoric.

However, there is a difference between Beck and Obama.  Obama talked about hope, but I would characterize the hope he talked about as a hope that floats.  It is a nebulous hope in a man, a government, an idea.  It's a hope that can never really be grasped and never quite materializes.  It sounds good at the start, but fizzles by the end. 

The hope Beck presents is different.  Even after his speeches, this hope remains and stands firm in it's place.  It is not a hope based on a man, an idea or even an expectation for something good to come to those listening.  It is a hope based on Truth and that is God.  This kind of hope doesn't fizzle out.  This kind of hope rests in the hearts of the people who believe it and is carried on from there.

Beck is not a man to be feared.  He is asking the American people to turn back to God, to change our ways and, as he says, to stand in the truth.  He echoes prophets throughout the ages, such as St. John the Baptist who said, "repent (turn your life around) and believe in the Gospel (the good news of Jesus Christ)."  It seems a little awkward and weird to our current, godless, sensibilities to hear these kind of religious words coming from a man who is concerned about our country.  Yet, our nation was founded on such beliefs.  It is not to the exclusion of those who do not believe, but just being faithful to the founding of our great country.

You be the judge: CLICK HERE to watch Glenn Beck's keynote address.  It's an hour long, but worth the time.

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