It really is past time for Glen Beck to apologize to Christians for his equating the church’s work in social justice with Nazism and Communism. He’s not just enraging liberals; he’s become an embarrassment to conservatives. And on this point he’s just wrong in the most offensive way.
Although he wasn’t directing his comments at the Heritage Foundation video series, Beck’s comments were made just after the release by Heritage of the series on social justice with Chuck Colson of BreakPoint, Al Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sean Litton of the International Justice Mission, and other evangelical leaders speaking on the meaning and importance of social justice.
Beck’s comments are not an issue of left and right but of false representation of the teachings of Jesus on care for the poor and the suffering, and a broadside against those who live out the Gospel in our society.
The criticism of Beck is strong and diverse, from all parts of the religious spectrum
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
James Martin, S.J., Catholic priest
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Joe Carter, evangelical editor, First Things
The Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, president of the National Council of Churches of Christ USA
David Gushee, evangelical, professor of Christian ethics, Mercer University
Marty Duren, Southern Baptist pastor
It’s time for Beck to make amends, or for Fox News to censure him or drop his show.