What's going on in this world when alledged religious leaders start ragging on TV talk show hosts? Pardon me but aren't they suppose to be taking care of our spiritual needs. Aren't we suppose to take care of our worldly needs. I thought we were. So what's up with the head of the Sojourners, Reverend (?) Jim Wallis taking on Conservative talk show host, Glenn Beck? I'll be the first to admit I don't know quack about the Sojourners or Reverend (?) Jim Wallis. As a matter of fact I don't know a lot about Glenn Beck. He has a radio show and a TV show and appears to be lock step Conservative. But, I hear he is......shhh....be careful.....but, but....he's a....a Morman! OMGoodness! What the H E double hockey sticks has that got to do with his political views. Rumor has it that President John Kennedy was a Catholic! I am sure there was a Methodist president and goodness gracious maybe even a Lutheran one. Oh yes, Jimmy Carter was a Baptist, I think. That didn't hurt his Presidency. Only Jimmy hurt his Presidency but, that's another story.
So Beck is taking on the liberal Christian Churches. Well I say, Jolly good mate. It's about time! I can speak from one who has been there and done that. As a life long Lutheran, ELCA, kind I along with my wife left the Lutheran church two years ago. We simply got tired of the pulpit being used to push the liberal agenda. The Lutheran church is hemorrhaging members and member churches at a rate that if not stopped will all but disappear in the next 20 years. As recently as last year they lost 200 churches with their stance on homosexual pastors in the church. But it's not all about homosexual (mis)behavior. It's also about immigration, and health care. I don't know much about the rest of the Christian Churches but if that is the way they are going. I say go Glenn, go.
Not knowing much about Sojourners I did what every good blogger does. GOOGLE! I went to their web site and read what they said about themselves. Several things troubled me. Here is just one of several.
Our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.Now here again, not being a Bible scholar I am going out a limb but I don't ever recall reading or hearing Jesus preach on "social justice" The first thing that comes to my capitalistic mind is something that say, "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God, that which is God's." There is also a parable about a farmer who paid everyone who worked for him whether all day or an hour the same wage. I believe the idea was it was the farmers money and he could do as he wished with it. That meant paying the same amount of money for different hours worked.
Confront and dismantle discriminatory behavior wherever it may be manifest—whether individually or organizationally—by creating and maintaining policies and practices that foster right relationships among our staff.
The words "Confront and dismantle" are a little troubling to me when and where ever they are used. A I don't like confrontation, period. I like discussion. Dismantle to me means to take something apart. Only thing wrong with that is when you try to put it back together there's always a piece or 2 missing. If you want to discuss with me my behavior let's do it. If you want to dismantle it, I strongly suggest you bring a lunch box and band aids 'cause it most likely may get physical!
Continually seek personal, organizational, and social transformation, guided by scripture, humbly listening to those marginalized by society's past and present patterns of discrimination.
Social transformation. Now what does that mean? I am going to call on one of my followers, MRG, to try to explain that to me. Again, I don't find "social transformation" in the Bible. I am not educated there and will ask MRG, who is, to perhaps comment on it.
With that said I invite you to read about the Sojourners at "their" web site. http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm
I also invite you to read about Glenn Beck at his web site,. http://www.glennbeck.com/index.php