Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Beck-Palin-Christianity and the State of the Nation

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While Associated Press reported the crowd in Washington DC this past Sunday to be in the "tens of thousands," less defensive news sources put it at 300,000 to 500,000 people attending the Beck event.

Most media organizations tried to either minimize the event, a near impossible task given the attendance, or distort what it was really about. The media chose to use words like "far right," "tea party activists," "anti-tax," and "anti-government" to define the event. NBC's Brian Williams made sure President Obama had the opportunity to tell NBC's viewers that he was "ignoring" the event.

Whatever the media tried to make of it and however they tried to define it, it was at its core, a Mormon talk show host and an evangelical former Governor telling hundreds of thousands of people to, "Tell the truth and turn to God."

Both Beck and Palin said the event was about "restoring honor" not politics. What if that is true? And if it were just a political thing, why would half a million people attend "that" political rally but not other political rallies in those numbers?

If you strip away all the nuances, you still have a Mormon talk show host and an evangelical former Governor urging people to turn to God and restore a nation. Theological discussion can come later. At the moment, two non clergy were saying, "Turn to God, restore a nation."

If pastors will not lead, who....?

The most defining statement, in my opinion, came from Sarah Palin.

As she urged those gathered and those who would listen and watch through radio and TV to change the course of the nation, she reflected for a moment saying, "Sometimes our challenges seem insurmountable."

Indeed they do.

Then she said what every person of faith needs to hear:

"Look around you, you're not alone."

There is a growing sense that the only solution for a nation that has collectively lost her way, is a spiritual one.

Last summer, Katy Abrams, at a town hall meeting, told Arlen Spector, D-PA., "I don't believe this is just about healthcare. It's not about TARP. It's not about Left or Right. This is about the systematic dismantling of this country...you have awakened the sleeping giant."

Indeed. And may there be a spiritual awakening that history will record as a defining moment in America.

Be Vigilant. Be Strong. Be Encouraged. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. It is very difficult for the press to imagine anyone being driven or motivated by anything but politics. They are not, as you say Gary, discerning. THANK YOU. Great thoughts.

  2. As the daughter of a now deceased former newspaper reporter and U.S. Congressman--I am broken-hearted at what passes for both professions: reporting NEWS and watching out for the interests of a democracy. Thank you for your honest observations

  3. Your observations are very interesting. Which does the press least want, a spiritual revival or a Republican political win? One thing is sure, the press is biased. I appreciated your showing what the press and news executives had donated to Obama in a peice you wrote earlier. Keep up the good work.

  4. I saw Al Sharpton last night saying Beck and Palin had stole "their" day. Talk about racism. Sharpton looked and sounded like a pathetic has been. God bless you Gary.

  5. Interesting that Dr. King's niece said at the rally the purpose of the rally was "to focus on honor and content of our character, not the color of our skin." How does Al Sharpton think anyone stole their day? What was their day about? Franz Kebreau, the director of the NAACPC said he thought Sharpton's rally was a disservice to Dr. King. A lot of us thought that.

  6. Big rally. So where do we go from here? What's next? Can Washington State be restored? Where were the pastors?

  7. Beck & Palin for President & VP, that's where we go.

  8. So, care to name any of these "less defensive news sources" so that readers may judge their veracity for themselves?

    The fact is this rally WAS an attempt to by Beck et all to appropriate Dr King's legacy, despite the fact that both the Mormon Church and white Evangelical Christians were his major opponents at the time. Even as recently as the 1980's the Republican party vehemently opposed the creation of a holiday celebrating Dr King. That his niece is willing to lend her name to these people only shows how far she is willing to sell out her uncle's legacy for profit, after all the woman makes her living selling the King name to right-wing groups that opposed him.

    "when fascism comes American, it will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross" -Upton Sinclair

    Sounds pretty prophetic to me.

  9. O.k. I get it, it's all a fascist conspiracy. I did'nt know
    there were that many fascists in this country, given our
    experience with the last bunch. Neither Hitler, Franco or
    Mussolini had any use for the cross. They feared it because it
    unites people, not divides them, and it crushed them. It crushed the communists. Now it will crush the socialists.
    "Be not deceived, you will reap what you sow,If you sow to the flesh you will reap corruption, if you sow to the Spirit you will reap eternal life. " Now that's a prophecy you can hang your hat on! Would you care to give specific evidence as to whom the people are who King's niece has sold his name to.

  10. On the previous post - we all know the news sources, you can check them yourself. Facts are thin as well. White evangelical Christians (real ones, not in name only) were for King and his goals. Vehemently?! Wrong! We know Sinclair's beliefs...There is nothing wrong with the flag or the cross. Without either the U.S. would not exist allowing you to make such misinformed comments. K., Lacey

  11. K., Lacey,

    If you know the news sources, why don't you provide so much as a single one? Seems me to that the only reason for not providing one is you DON'T know of any.

  12. Still haven't heard anything about those people who
    supposedly purchased Dr. King's name from his niece.
    Oh! I guess that means there "AREN'T" any. C., Lacey


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