Monday, April 25, 2011

Why I Stopped Watching Glenn Beck

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After we got our DVR through our cable service in July 2009, I started recording Glenn Beck's daily show on Fox News.

I know my liberal friends are all rolling their eyes at this admission, but I had a good reason.  Beck presented more information about certain issues and in a more consumable fashion than any other news/commentary source at the time.  This was especially true in regard to the amount of unchecked power the president was amassing through the appointment of czars.

Beck's show taught me a lot that I hadn't known or remembered before.  It prompted me to do my own research into subjects like socialism and communism.  His show challenged my own opinions of government size and scope.  As far as TV goes, Beck's show exceeded my expectations for news and commentary.

Then the preaching began.

At first he waxed philosophical in a weepy, general, and benign way.  Life.  Liberty.  Honor.  I could get on board with that.

When he started talking about eliminating government programs I like - such as the FDA, I got nervous.

I'm no fan of over-regulation, but I like opening a jar of peanut butter or a carton of eggs knowing someone is paying attention to whether or not I get salmonella from it.

Beck argued that the market would take care of unscrupulous manufacturers, and little collateral damage would result.  I get the feeling the people eating sawdust sausages in the early 20th century would respectfully disagree.

When he started talking about Jesus, I got sick.

Traditional Christian theology states that Jesus came to earth fully God and fully human to serve in the role of a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the human race.  This sacrifice was necessary because our sin (departure from the attributes of God's character) had separated us from God.  God had established the sacrificial system millenia before Jesus' arrival as a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice that would be given in His Son.

Christianity believes "the heart is deceitful above all thing and desperately sick" and that a savior was not only beneficial but necessary.  Beck believes "man can rule himself."

Beck believes that "enlightenment, education, empowerment, and entrepreneurship" are the answers to society's ills.  If only the Biblical writers had considered alliteration, perhaps they would have stumbled upon the vast troves of wisdom available to Beck.

Why didn't the prophets and scribes consider man being inherently good as a solution to world problems?  It's not like "all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned - every one - to his own way."

Though Beck, as a Mormon, considers himself a Christian, his theology is deeply errant and leads him to conclusions about life, liberty, and government that are often popular but are ultimately inviable.

Marvin Olasky has an interesting article about his experience on Glenn Beck's show.

This post was prompted, in part, by Beck's attacks on Mike Huckabee this week.  Don't trust Beck on Huckabee, read Huckabee's own positions in Do the Right Thing or A Simple Government.  He is definitely not a progressive.

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