I had been going to write something about the Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” rally that took place yesterday, and the way so many evangelical Christians have fallen lock-step behind his rhetoric (even going so far as to call it “gospel”), but Russell Moore has saved me the trouble. The article he wrote today (God, the Gospel, and Glenn Beck) says it much better than I ever could, and it’s something every American Christian needs to read, whether you’re a Glenn Beck acolyte or not. Here are a few select quotes:
In order to be this gullible, American Christians have had to endure years of vacuous talk about undefined “revival” and “turning America back to God” that was less about anything uniquely Christian than about, at best, a generically theistic civil religion and, at worst, some partisan political movement.
And the solution:
The answer to this scandal isn’t a retreat, as some would have it, to an allegedly apolitical isolation. Such attempts lead us right back here, in spades, to a hyper-political wasteland. If the churches are not forming consciences, consciences will be formed by the status quo, including whatever demagogues can yell the loudest or cry the hardest. The answer isn’t a narrowing sectarianism, retreating further and further into our enclaves. The answer includes local churches that preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and disciple their congregations to know the difference between the kingdom of God and the latest political whim.
Read the rest here.