Posts tagged ‘Jesus’

May 23, 2011

1 John 4: 7-21 // God’s Love And Ours

by Vince

To engage in this post, read the cited Holy Scripture (bold emphasis by me):

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Let’s point out a few things.
When I read this part of 1 John, I thought it spoke in polar extremes.
One side (If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God) can almost suggest a form of exclusivity for who “knows” God.
The other path (Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God, God is love…Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them) can promote an open and free way for those outside the Protestant Christian fold to seek God.

A few other thoughts. Most likely Jesus’ followers attributed to him the title “Way, Truth, and Life”. Yes, Jesus said this in the Gospel of John. However, John’s Gospel, mind you, is filled with plethora metaphorical terminologies. Jesus said, for instances, that he is the bread of life and the word made flesh. Was he literally a loaf of bread or a letter on a page? Obviously not. Many Christians will agree on this: Jesus was the only way made flesh, in that no other religion had their God in the flesh live a way or follow a path. Other religions have a prophet or mouthpiece for their God but were not their actual God in the flesh. That doesn’t diminish other religions or smugishly elevate Christianity but separates the latter from the former in content. For more on this specific topic, read some of Marcus Borg’s books.

In the end, I come away with a more ambiguous understanding of what John means about who can know God than before. Then again, are we meant to come away from reading The Bible with more answers than questions or vice versa? Your thoughts are always welcome – vgiordano at gmail dot com.

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May 2, 2011

Part 1: Christianity is Not Pro-Firearms

by Vince

Consider this the beginning of a series of blog posts dedicated to pointing out what Christianity is not about, not for, and not in in support of.

Let’s start with guns. Everyone has their opinion on gun regulations, the right to bear, and the impact they have on America. Mike Huckabee, a 2012 presidential hopeful and un-ordained “minister” issued some criticisms of Barack Obama as he was speaking at an NRA convention in Pittsburg, PA. The first line drew me in:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called himself a “gun-clinger and a God-clinger”.

Putting both of them in the same sentence and in that same framing nearly aligns the two as a duo.

Where Huck nearly ties in guns with his God is in this segment:

He spoke mostly about how he had come to Pittsburgh to “celebrate America and celebrate its values”—including God, family, and a Second Amendment meant to safeguard freedom, not just hunting and target-shooting.

But he suggested that the next election would determine the future of the country, by telling a story about a comment his daughter wrote in a guest book after his family visited a Holocaust memorial in Israel years ago.

“Why didn’t somebody do something?” Huckabee said she wrote.

“Today, you will not find a spunkier activist than my daughter, and I don’t worry about her but I sometimes worry about us,” Huckabee said, referring to conservatives who don’t mobilize fully in national elections and for other political causes. “We cannot afford to be a generation that leaves our children with a huge debt and a very erosion of our values.”

Not only is he elluding to what has been going on in America (most likely under Obama) as comporable to what the Nazi’s did, but he is using his daughters words to ask us why we aren’t arming ourselves and fighting back.

Huck is one of a few conservative Christian hopefuls in the presidential field for 2012. He, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum intertwine their take of conservative with their view of America as a Christian nation (On a side note, I find it ironic that these three Christians are always so mad and vengence-filled).

This all reminds me of the Gospel of Matthew:

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. (Matthew 26:47-56, emphasis added).

Jesus did not advocate for pacifism to corrupt powers. On the contrary, his life symbolizes giving ones life so to address the corrupt powers of the day.

Again, it is ironic that these conservative theocons slyly advocate for toting guns and violently fighting against their government just as, gasp, Osama bin Laden did with the Pakistani government.

March 25, 2011

The Ironies of Radical Grace

by Vince

Marcus J. Borg, in his book The Heart of Christianity, which I am reading now, has a very interesting thought on grace and who / which religion has ultimate access to God:

Thus, “Jesus died for our sins” was originally a subversive metaphor, (in that it challenged the temple claim of monopoly over grace and access to God) not a literal description of either God’s purpose of Jesus’ vocation. It was a metaphorical proclamation of radical grace; and properly understood, it still is. It is therefore ironic to realize that the religion that formed around Jesus would within four hundred years begin to claim for itself an institutional monopoly on grace and access to God. (emphasis mine)

So true.

March 11, 2011

Quote of the Day II

by Vince

“The question should not be ‘What would Jesus do?’ but rather, more dangerously, ‘What would Jesus have me do?’ The onus is not on Jesus but on us, for Jesus did not come to ask semidivine human beings to do impossible things. He came to ask human beings to live up to their full humanity; he wants us to live in the full implication of our human gifts, and that is far more demanding.”

-the late, great Rev. Peter J. Gomes

February 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

by Vince

“Keep giving Jesus to your people, not by words, but by your example, by your being in love with Jesus, by radiating holiness and spreading his fragrance of love everywhere you go. Just keep the joy of Jesus as your strength. Be happy and at peace.”
Mother Teresa

February 9, 2011

What Would Jesus Cut in our Budget?

by Vince

I am not one for postering everywhere WWJD but Sojo asks a good question and provides a good rationale:

Military and defense spending make up over half of the federal discretionary budget. If instead of a 2 percent increase the defense budget took a 2 percent cut, it would save almost $10 billion this year(1).

The biblical prophets make clear that a nation’s righteousness is ultimately determined not by its GNP or military might — but by how it treats its most vulnerable people. Jesus says our love for him will be demonstrated by how we treat the “least of these.”

Time and time again, war hawks toy with the image of Jesus and replace his empathy for the poor and skepticism of “the powers that be” with punch lines from Proverbs and the apostle Paul’s epistles. Ask Mother Teresa if Jesus would give to the poor (he did) or if he would ask them to help themselves first before he would “give them a handout”. Its truly insane that even much of the prophets (Isaiah, Amos, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, et al.) messages of street theater for social justice and speaking out against nationalist armies have been washed away. I hope in the coming years the original message of the Bible resurfaces.

In the meantime, reading over the gospels and thinking about our budget is a good place to start. Lets truly think about values.

January 10, 2011

Quote of the Day

by Vince

“I don’t preach a social gospel; I preach the gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned with the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, ‘Now is that political or social?’ He said, ‘I feed you.’ Because the good news to a hungry person is bread,” —Desmond Tutu

December 27, 2010

Become A Question To One Self

by Vince

The religion I am accustomed to and grew up in, which has nuanced in different seasons, is Christianity. I didn’t care much for it as I went through my phase of Roman Catholicism. That most likely was due to it coinciding with my childhood where I didn’t care for much nor took much seriously.

As I came back to the Protestant church, for the first time in a sense, in my late high school years and then continued on this confusing journey into my college years, I met a lot of great people who welcomed me in, heard my questions, stood by me in my times of loneliness, and  found the girl who I would later marry.

I definitely went through philosophical phases in this ongoing journey. My times in college and with various girlfriends guided me in a conservative manner. I remember strongly disliking Barack Obama, Islam, and found myself reading from evangelical authors. It wasn’t until MJ and I started dating that I switched tracks and started to ask more questions, chose love over guised loathing of the “infidel”, and had MJ’s academic religious approach rub off on me.

For MJ and I’m sure others around me, there was a fear of me just being influenced by those around me and not making decisions for myself. I would be kidding myself to say I have not been influenced by MJ, just as she has been influenced by my political views on, for example, military spending. The difference between me now on this track compared to my college days is that my thoughts, views, and questions do not stay within the safe confines of post-19th Century Western Christianity.

The questions I ask, along with the thoughts that stream through my head, scare me. This all can in part be due to the influence of the inordinate amount of hardcore hip-hop music I dumped into my ears growing up. The questions, however, relate to life and often come because I am not fully sure about the answers I’ve heard or even the idea of having to have answer.

The good question comes up: Is Christianity the only religion that leads to heaven, God, and real life? Of course it does, goes the crowd, because Jesus is the way, truth, and life. I ask myself this: would the God of our whole universe only make himself known to His humanity through one religion? Is the author of the Gospel of John following the incarnation model of his Gospel when talking about Jesus being the way, truth, and life, therefore describing Jesus as the only God who has been sent by God into the world, into flesh, to live?

These questions, along with other academic questions surrounding religion, scare some of the people I started my journey with. These question breed uncertainty of the church, of Western Christianity’s (and the Bible’s) infallibleness, and can often take smear labels, depending on the topic, as heresy, social gospel, unpatriotic, unbiblical, or secular humanism. I have no fear of these labels. I may have a different definition of who God is than some, but that doesn’t stop me from pursuing this confusing life one small step at a time.

December 15, 2010

If Jesus Ran For President…

by Vince

A must watch. Oh how Jesus defecates on the religious right.

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December 15, 2010

Bill O’Reilly and the Koran

by Vince

Bill O’Reilly ends a usual screed of his with a common quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin: the Lord helps those who help themselves. Ironically, that phrase is not found in the Bible. If all you read it Leviticus, Proverbs, and the epistles of Paul, you may come away with an attitude that what Jesus really stood against was laziness and unemployment insurance. Here’s the rub: that Franklin/O’Reilly quote, which I personally am tired of hearing from comfortable, privileged whites, is found in the Koran.

Hardy har har har.

November 24, 2010

Makes Me Wonder…

by Vince

First:

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting…”

This was to attest fighting against the ruling powers as they arrested Jesus. Could this have some say in what we do today? Afghanistan? “War against Islam”? Fighting to take America “back”?

Second:

“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world— to bear witness to the truth.”

Does his life, his actions, and his outlook bear witness to his relationship with the Father?

November 19, 2010

Reflecting on Zacchaeus and Economic Justice

by Vince

Sojo collects some commentary by biblical scholars:

Joel Green finds, “Unlike the rich ruler, Zacchaeus does not employ his wealth so as to procure honor and friends; rather, he is a social outcast who puts his possessions in the service of the needy and of justice. Such a person would indeed be eager to welcome Jesus, anointed by the spirit to bring “good news to the poor (Luke 4:18-19), with joy!” (The Gospel of LukeThe New International Commentary on the New Testament, Eerdmans, 1997, p. 672).

October 28, 2010

Climbing the Sycamore Tree

by Vince

This mornings lectionary reading was Luke 19:1-10. It is dripping with meaning and I thought about the connections in meaning between the past and the contemporary.

What are the chances that a religious person today would be looked down on if they stayed the night at a home of a GLBT couple/individual? Or someone who may have come from south of the border? Or who is a Muslim? I see the condescending view of tax collectors as similar in its stinging with the contemporary “sinners” of today.

The ironic part of this story is the judgment of the “sinner”. Their judgement was prejudicial and didn’t take the time to know the person fully. When Jesus entered Zacchaeus’s home, he told him “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Todays harsh (and somewhat fringe) views of Muslims, immigrants, and the GLBT community judge the outer, and usually according to a wide brush stereotype. This approach can implant a blindness towards the human and loving aspects within others. Unfortunately, many of today’s “religious” see any form of secularism as sin and worth demonizing. Jesus lived to the contrary of such an “inside the box” approach.

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October 22, 2010

Dual Book Review: Marcus Borg’s Jesus and Tim Wise’s White Like Me

by Vince

I never got around to doing a book review for Borg’s book. It is a book worth sharing. Both Borg’s book and Wise’s were incredible reads and definitely challenged me. They both greatly challenge the status quo. I will explain how.

I like to explain why I picked a book to read. I don’t just pick random books to read and I especially look for books that may speak to or help me in that current season of life. I remember a few months back MJ and I were having a somewhat heated discussion with a friend about Marcus Borg. I wasn’t really part of the discussion at all because I knew nothing about Marcus Borg. MJ has read a handful of his books and the person we were talking to had a strong opinion about him but had not read any of his work. Once we moved and I was about to finish my last book, I was still intrigued by this Marcus Borg character. Since we currently live in one room, many of our books are packed away. That made it difficult for me to snag a Borg book from MJ’s collection. Once we moved to the area, we made it a routine to go to the local, and beautiful, library, I found his book Jesus on the shelves in the Religion section.

I am a somewhat slow reader so I had to renew this book twice just to finish it. It isn’t that long of a book, 300 pages, but it is overflowing with descriptive footnotes and theological thoughts to chew on. Wikipedia provides a solid description of Borg’s religious philosophy:

Borg advocates entering into relationship with God as more important than belief about God. He has a panentheist understanding of God, which sees God as both indwelling in everything and transcendent. He teaches that a historical-metaphorical approach to the Bible is more meaningful for today’s world than is the historical-grammatical approach or that of biblical literalism. He also distinguishes between the pre-Easter Jesus, who was a Jewish mystic and the founder of Christianity, and the post-Easter Jesus who is a divine reality that Christians can still experience personally.

Borg came back multiple times to the point that we can debate back and forth whether a story in the Bible actually happened or not or we can dive into what the story actually means. He notes that dwelling on the former question can stop you from exploring the latter question.

Much of Borg’s book sees Jesus’s ministry on earth as focused on justice, meaning against the oppressive system of the day lead by the Romans and leading religious figures. He explores the mystical experience Jesus had to of had to of embarked on a life fully aware and focused on God.

Borg, from beginning to end, digs into many of the contemporary views on Christianity while not coming off as a polemic author. My favorite characteristic of Marcus Borg is his accessibility. He is a college professor and has been a historical Jesus scholar for 30+ years yet I can still read his work without feeling academically overwhelmed and washed over by archaic terminology. In the end, I see Borg’s book as inviting, not divisive. But I can understand many Christians seeing his work as heretical. He is worth checking out, if you are ready for a theological challenge.

Next is Tim Wise’s book White Like Me. I decided to read his book after reading his short piece on the Tea Party. It was marvelous and I wanted to look out for his books. I looked him up at the local library and found WLM.

Wise’s book was very short, 150 pages, and I will remember it as a book where almost every sentence is worth quoting.

WLM serves as Wise’s memoir, even if it was written when he was 36. Wise reflects on his life, the privileged life that since birth elevated himself above those of minority status. he sees his birth as his first experience with race. Thus, there is a difference between an experience with race and an experience with a person of race.

His family, being his parents and fathers parents, were staunch anti-racists and placed him in living situations that did not segregate him from those of color.

Tim looks back on his life as he questions the automatic privledge his skin color provided him. One of his most memorable points is that he as a white man was able to go almost anywhere without having to worry about his race. Those of color, on the other hand, couldn’t necessarily pull over in Idaho and ask for directions without worrying about how “their people” would be received. Also, whenever he did anything or even screwed up, his own being, intellect, and genetic make up was not placed under a microscope. More so, the weight of his ethnic group was not placed on his shoulders should he make a mistake, nor is there much of a chance for someone to say that the whole white race is “just like that” if he should, say, blow up a building in Oklahoma City (hmm….think about that).

Not all of his stories may fly or make for the best “See, I told you how racism is tied into that” scenario. Regardless, Wise calls whites to think about their race and the unfair privilege that comes with it, maybe, for some, for the first time.

October 13, 2010

Abuse Within The American Family Association

by Vince

I shake my head at the “christ like” nature of this group:

Bullock said the group is “too harsh on homosexuals,” though if anyone voiced concerns, “they would be attacked.” He described the leadership as “autocratic” and tolerant of petty gossip among employees, like spreading rumors about employees having extra-marital affairs with one another.

Bullock added that Wildmon “chastised” people for taking anti-depressants, and that “a lot of people who had problems felt like they were second class,” including Bullock, who said that he suffered from depression while working at the AFA. Employees were fearful of speaking out, according to Bullock. “We were puppies in the corner who learned to keep out mouths shut.”

A few things that I see: this war on homosexuality has its roots in theology but has moved now to a disguise of power. These fundamentalist groups and individuals take literal interpretations of certain edicts deep within the Old Testament but jettison others that they can’t make sense of, contradict their own behavior, or can’t be used as a millstone to hang around someones neck. I do not intend this to mean that we aren’t suppose to form beliefs and talk about them. Truly, many see that their God given American duty is to uphold this “biblical/American” standard of marriage. Did not many of the Israelites want Jesus to be king, to take over and rule them, instead of the bloodthirsty Romans? He didn’t take rule or control, in a worldly sense that is. Many of these almost fascist, far right conservatives claim to be Christians, as their views are founded in a somewhat distorted theology. Why do they not then take note to Jesus’s yielding of control to God and obeying the greatest commandment? Jesus centered his life on living with the God of Peace. He himself experienced God, communed with him every day, and longed to see what he sees and be saddened by what breaks his heart.

He saw that the greatest commandment was not to control the world and turn it all Christian but to obey the greatest commandment.

October 11, 2010

Reax to the Question of the Week

by Vince

You can still email me your answers at vgiordano at gmail dot com. The question was:

Why do some see it necessary, to the point of passing laws, for life to be protected in relevance to abortion but seem anti-life with supporting wars, capital punishment, and loathing government acting as safety nets for those down and out and in need of nourishment and support?

One reader responded:

It’s called JUSTICE.

You’re comparing apples and oranges to ask why “pro-life” individuals may or may not see anything wrong with capital punishment.  Capital punishment is exactly that, punishment.  It is the government’s effort to administer justice for wrong doing, where abortion is “capital punishment” to babies who have done no wrong.

Now, the second part of your question is a little insulting.  You make it sound as if everyone who is pro-life is against the government lending a hand to those in need.
I’m certainly not against an organized system in place in our governement that allows for fiscal aid/support to be given to the “down and out and in need of nourishment and support?”  However, the system currently in place is corrupt and abused and in need of serious reform.  My mom currently works for “Head Start” a notorious government-funded organization.  She tells me of the 65in flat screen TV in some of the homes she visits. Homes of non-disabled, non-working parents whose children are receiving free meals and childcare. Am I not allowed to be upset about that??

You are also mixing church and state.  You either must come from a viewpoint that says “We are one nation under God, founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values, which are to guide our governing and law-making, using the already established Constitution as a basis for law and justice”  OR “we are a nation ruled by humans, with no influence from religion, God, the Bible, or the church, and relying on none other than our own understanding, judgment and humanistic common sense.” That’s basically it.

Of course I have some harsh words of my own for the wimpy, apathetic, selfish, non-Jesus-like Church of today, but all I can do is MY part. And I’m doing my part to BE Jesus to those I meet, and BE the Church by involving myself in community organizations and efforts to reach out, and by trying to find/vote for leaders who have a worldview as much like the “one-nation-under-God” one as possible.
And as for the pro-life stance differing from issue to issue….  Read your Bible.  You’ll find that Justice, as it relates to crime and punishment, is biblical.  Murder, as it relates to the killing of the unborn, irrefutably not biblical.

2 verses I’ve probably quoted to you before:
Isaiah 1:16b-17
Stop doing wrong,
learn to do right!
Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

October 9, 2010

It’s Been a While

by Vince

Since I have blogged. Yep. Since my busy second half of Tuesday, I have been either busy or exhausted. I have been in the classroom in inner city York. That alone has been exhausting and in my opinion more tiring than waking up at 5:30am.

Great things in the midst of that: I am just about done Marcus Borg’s interesting book. Look for a book review of that soon. I have had the opportunity to play basketball once a week at 6am with some teachers from a York county school district. That has been fun, a learning experience for my own game, and a nice networking opportunity. I had the chance to chat with a friend over coffee on Tuesday and speak about life. That was amazing and fulfilling. I am currently in a Panera with MJ in Exton, PA. We are going to Buca di Beppo tonight with my parents. To kill time, we took the scenic route eastward and drove out Route 30. It has been fun getting lost in suburbia in search of quite book stores, coffee shops, and nooks to hide out and sip coffee.

Well, I am going to catch up on my Google Reader, finish Borg’s book, and get another cup of coffee. Cheers!

September 25, 2010

Follow Me

by Vince

Matt Culler has a really neat post tying in Saul Alinsky, running mile after mile, and finding Jesus without being reasoned in to it:

Here’s where we fail as Christians many times. We try to prove Jesus to people. Were afraid to sit and talk with them because we won’t have enough evidence to win some argument on why they should convert. This is silly. It’s like expecting them to wake up and run eight miles when they can’t run one yet. It’s a journey. So, instead of trying to prove Jesus to people, lets invite them to come along. Let’s invite them to experience this Love. Let’s tell them straight up that this is the only way it’ll make sense. Better yet, let’s bring them into our journey and go with them and Jesus. All it takes is inviting them to “come and see” this Jesus for themselves.

For all of the books out there, past and present, giving the answers to God, faith, or pluralism, I brush them aside and look to the personal, outreaching hand lifestyle Jesus and his disciples had. Even reading great books that disagree with the historical nature of much of Jesus’ ministry do not deter me from following and believing. FYI: I wouldn’t suggest reading Borg at first.

September 15, 2010

A Short Question

by Vince

From a reader at the Daily Dish:

In a country founded by Washington, Adams, Paine, Hale, and Jefferson, how can we have reached a point where it has become a slur to call someone an “anti-colonialist”?

I wonder sometimes if these Christianist Tea baggers even know how their boy, Thomas Jefferson, saw Jesus, the Bible, and treated slaves. The irony builds..

September 13, 2010

Glenn Beck…is a Collectivist??

by Vince

Peter Montgomery doesn’t get it either:

In the Tea Party era, ‘collective’ is a four-letter word. Beck and Barton don’t even like the terms “human rights” or “social justice” because they see them as collectivist. In a televised conversation in April, Barton dismissed social justice, saying “That’s collective rights. Jesus was not into collective rights. He didn’t die for world in large. He died for every single individual.” Beck is spending so much time on collective salvation because he wants people to believe it is behind all the nefarious things he wants them to fear:

Get into your church and demand, demand that your minister, your priest, your rabbi, your pastor talk about individual rights. If they don’t know them, tell them to pick up George Whitefield. Tell them to pick up the sermons. They are available online. They are available in bookstores everywhere. The sermons that led to the American Revolution, on individual rights. Please, I beg of you. These people will take over the Internet. These people will destroy talk radio. These people will take Fox News off.

Oh lordie. I am so glad I am not a card carrying member of the Church of Beck. I guess I need to read the book of Mormon to understand more of where Beck is coming from. But then again, he is a stereotypical scared white man and that may require a separate set of readings.