Tuesday night, Glenn Beck spoke before the Christians United for Israel Conference in Washington D.C as part of their “Night to Honor Israel”. In the speech, Glenn called for Christians everywhere to unite and stand for Israel. But he said it was more to just say you were standing for Israel, those actions need to be put into words.
“Miracles do happen, Pastor Hagee got me to come back to Washington D.C.,” Glenn joked as he opened his speech.
When Glenn spoke two years ago, he said that the world was about to turn upside down. Today, he said, the world is truly spinning out of control. But after two years of calling for Christians to stand with Israel and an evening full of speakers celebrating the relationship between Christians and Jews – Glenn was left to wonder if there was anything left to say that hasn’t already been said. After all, how can a speech halfway around the world help save the Middle East when no one in the Middle East appears able to help their neighbor?
But Glenn said there was only one answer that could empower people of faith in the Middle East to stand against their enemies: God.
“Christians in the Middle East and Jews in the Middle East are standing because they have a power unlike any other power on Earth. They have the power of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” Glenn said to applause.
Glenn also denounced the current administration’s treatment of Israel, one of America’s closest allies. He said “our government is on the wrong side” when it comes to the state of our foreign policy in the Middle East.
One of the major themes of Glenn’s speech was the historical persecution of the Jews and how much of what we see today echoes what we have seen in the past. Despite the overwhelming historical evidence, America does not seem to recognize that the same patterns of willful ignorance and hatred are repeating themselves.
“We haven’t always been blind. We choose to be blind,” Glenn said, “We have been convinced some way or another that this time is different.”
To illustrate his point, he brought out several historical pieces, including a handmade whip from Auschwitz, a teacher’s manual that explained how to identify Jewish students and explain away their sudden absence to others in the class, and a letter signed by Neville Chamberlain. He spent a lot of time with the Auschwitz whip, pointing out that someone had to hand make an instrument of pain and torture for another human being.
What are the roots of the problems facing Israel, America, and the rest of the free world? Glenn pointed to Timothy 2:3 , which said:
3 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money,boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 6 For among them are those who [c]enter into households and captivate [d]weak women weighed down with sins, led on byvarious impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the [e]knowledge of the truth.
Greedy, boastful, arrogant, ungrateful, and unholy – does any of that sound familiar?
But as much as the problems are found in the scriptures, so are the solutions. He pointed to Ezekiel and the “Watchmen on the wall”, whose job it is to warn when trouble is coming. Glenn put himself into the shoes of the watchman, saying that he dedicates himself to warning others about what he sees coming. But others also have to stand and be watchmen themselves.
“I firmly believe that each one of us was born at this time for a reason,” Glenn said. He then made a call for each and every person to gird themselves and prepare to be an outcast as they stand for Israel and for truth.
Putting his own words into action, Glenn pledged a $100,000 to ChristiansUnited for Israel and their campus outreach program. “We must have our shoulders behind them (the youth) and prop them up and do all that we can do. These are the days,” Glenn said. “It will be amazing to see God’s work”.
Watch the full speech below: