Early this month, Glenn Beck told his radio and TV audiences that they should run as fast as they could away from churches preaching “social or economic justice” because they are code words for Communism and Nazism.
It’s ironic that as I am working on a much longer post about whether or not Glenn Beck should be excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by church leaders, Beck steps up to provide even more evidence that he has little if any understanding of his own church’s history or theology. The LDS Church has a long history of preaching and providing social and economic justice.
For instance, thanks to tithing (church members turn over 10% of their monthly earnings) and monthly fast offerings (members contribute the cost of two meals), the LDS church runs one of the largest private welfare systems in the world with 110 storehouses around the world, staffed almost entirely by volunteers. Taking care of the poor is considered a commandment and church calling. The tradition of establishing the storehouses goes back to the early 19th century and was formalized during the Great Depression by then president Heber J. Grant.
Aso, as Jana Reiss points out in her letter to Beck on Belief.net: “…social justice is a dominant feature of all four of our key sacred texts, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon.”
And church founder Joseph Smith experimented with Communitarianism and church members shared property and land during the Church’s founding years.
But Glenn Beck is the worst kind of Christian–he picks and chooses scriptures and beliefs and bends them to suit his personal agenda–rather than bending himself to fit the teachings and commandments of his own church. Glenn Beck, along with Pat Robertson, is also one of Satan’s pied-pipers and those who don’t see the convenience of his religous ideology follow him at their own everlasting peril.
Video available here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/vp/35845729#35845729
Transcript of Beck’s remarks:
“I beg you, look for the words social justice or economic justice on your church web site,” he told his audience. “If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes! If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop and tell them, ‘Excuse me are you down with this whole social justice thing?’ If it’s my church, I’m alerting the church authorities: ‘Excuse me, what’s this social justice thing?’ And if they say, ‘yeah, we’re all in that social justice thing’–I’m in the wrong place.”
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