Posted by Gary on July 28, 2011
In my research about Glenn Beck and his “Restoring Courage” event I came across an article by Moshe Feiglin posted in the Jewish Press. It was very interesting to me that Mr. Feiglin, who is Jewish seems to get something that I am afraid many Christians do not. It may be that Mr. Feiglin is not aware that historic Christianity considers Mormonism a heresy and a cult but this aside, Feiglin understands that there is something underneath Glenn Beck’s support of Israel that must not be obscured by his good intentions.
Would that more Christians were as discerning and concerned about Glenn Beck’s religious doctrines but alas, we don’t seem to care. So what if Glenn Beck believes that God was once a man who became God, that Jesus is a lesser god and that we too can become gods, he’s a conservative and wants to restore America to 1776 or at least to 1952 and that’s all that matters.
Mr. Feiglin seems to be concerned that Glenn Beck would seek to turn Israel to Christianity. My concern is that Beck is not a Christian himself and would have us believe that who God is doesn’t ultimately matter as long as we accomplish certain earthly, moral causes. Glenn Beck teaches us that all faiths can truly claim to have God and call on him, this simply put is idolatry not truth.
Moshe Feiglin and I are from different faiths. The differences between our beliefs are uncompromisable and have eternal consequences. Yet, there is something we can both see, there is something underneath Glenn Beck’s moral activities that must not be ignored.
Here is an excerpt from Feiglin’s article:
The problem is not Beck’s beliefs. He is a good person who believes in what he is doing. The problem is that the most loyal Jewish public is giving him its support without thoroughly checking his message. They are unwittingly abetting a very gentle and heartwarming type of modern crusade. From a religious point of view, there is no difference between the Western Wall and the Southern Wall, where Beck’s event is planned. They are both walls of the Mount of God’s House. Would we allow a group of Christians to spread its message at the Western Wall?
As long as Beck and his friends support Israel from the outside, understanding that your nation is your nation and my nation is my nation, and that your god is your god and my God is my God, all is well and good – and it is important to cooperate with them. But if and when it turns out that the agenda is actually replacement theology; a theology that aims to bring waves of Christian settlement here and to use the Jewish renaissance in Israel as a springboard to a Christian renaissance, I cannot lend it the legitimacy of Manhigut Yehudit.
Glenn Beck speaks a lot about our obligation to tell the truth. So here’s the truth: The Temple Mount is the exclusive home of the Holy Temple of the Jews. All the non-Jews who understand that are invited to come to the Temple Mount (in the area where they are permitted, according to Jewish law) to pray to the Master of the Universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Esau and Ishmael have their own holy places. Please honor our exclusive sovereignty over Jerusalem, including our spiritual sovereignty, just as we respect your spiritual sovereignty in your lands. (The Jewish Press: July 27, 2011)
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