We can’t just go to church, we have to BE the church

A conversation Glenn calls one of the most important he’s ever been a part of aired last night on TV in its entirety. Just after Glenn and Mercury One volunteers handed out over 8 truckloads of food and toys to unaccompanied minors who crossed the border, the group of pastors and leaders had a frank conversation about compassion and service.

During the roundtable, which featured Alveda King, David Barton, and Pastor Broden along with local faith leaders from McAllen, TX, there was a lot of talk about the church’s role in providing relief for the communities along the border.

One of the main points that came up during the discussion was that faith leaders needed to engage with the communities and be examples of service and compassion.

Robert Sanchez, a Texas pastor, said, “I see two miracles, the miracle of provision, and number two, the miracle of the beginning of revival. What is the softening of the hearts of United States? It is an awakening. It is revival. And revival is what we need.”

And with all due respect to all of us, revival isn’t necessarily praying more at church anymore…revival is actually getting out there and getting the work done, us coming out to the community, us going out to the shelter, us going out to the bus station, us going out to the people in the colonias that are in need. Now, that’s revival, when us, we the church, get out there and get the work done like a lot of these respectful pastors around here have been doing it and that you have come to encourage us to do.”

“And if our nation of United States of America understands that we have been inside our four walls of our churches too long, there are too many millions of people in this country in need. We need to get out of our church. We probably need to close our Sunday services and get out to the communities and not have church, but be the church,” Pastor Sanchez said.

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Others at the roundtable emphasized the importance of experience to learn compassion.

Jamie Gutierrez of Luz Para Las Naciones said “You know, there’s something you can’t exchange, it’s experience. How do we get people motivated? Experience. I can’t go and tell you how great God is if you can’t feel it. I can’t tell you such of a big problem that we have if I don’t go and feel it. Compassion comes out of that.”

“When you see that kid, when you see the kid without no tennis shoes, something happens inside of you,” he said.

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At the end of the roundtable, Glenn looked for answers to even bigger questions.  It’s not just about finding compassion and mercy for the children who have crossed over, but also seeking justice and fighting the evil driving people from their homes. How do we stop the cartels who are feeding so much violence and chaos in Mexico and at the border? How do you defeat the evil on the border?

“What’s happening with the children and with all humans here is beyond understanding, but the evil on the other side, the evil of the cartels is overwhelming,” Glenn said, fighting back tears. “Who can dump little children off in the middle of the woods?  Who could dump a quadriplegic and leave him on the side of a river?  How do we deal with the evil that is happening as well?”

Alveda King said that it ultimately falls on the leaders of the faith community to be the example, not only within their congregation but to the world at large. She said, “We are the standard.  See, now that’s where the responsibility really does come back to us.  We are the standard.  And it was then correctly stated by every minister here, the church is not four walls and a steeple.  It’s okay to have that, but we are the standard.”

“We can’t feel that it’s hopeless.  We are not a people without hope.  We are not without hope.  Jesus did not shed his blood for nothing,” she said.

Subscribers can watch the full episode HERE.

  • soybomb315

    2 Million dollars could have sent 40 english instructors to the border for a whole year…..That would mean thousands of illegal immigrants learning the english language (since it appears nobody in washington is going to send them home). Instead the illegal immigrants received trinkets.

    • Soybomb315IV

      Cognitive dissonance. Clearly your funds were not involved, Christian?

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    But the big government types say leave God he is not even real and worship the government and that is why we found ourselves in this mess.

  • landofaahs

    I don’t consider aiding and abetting people to break into their neighbors house and stealing from them a “church” mission. But hey, I’m not a Mormon either.

    • soybomb315

      I too wondered which ‘church’ Glenn is referring to

  • Type 53

    And now a message from the ecumenical Reverend Teddy Beck.

  • gregg

    GB, follower of Joe Smith, drunk/addict/college dropout/divorced, take a vow of poverty & sell The Blaze, & donate ALL of your $ to Mercury One…then you can formally study Christ & lead. Tell us that story about your dad again…that was serving that golfer, eh? Service + experience = compassion? Convert Penn & Bill Maher!

  • ken.

    with leftists infiltrated into most churches spewing out social justice communist propaganda, your better off being your own church.

    • Anonymous

      Right on, Ken! Church Social Justice is negotiating with government for huge public financial grants for this churches charitable and payroll purposes thus assuring the government of church support and relieving the congregation of care.

  • Anonymous

    Go away forever

  • Daniel

    You can’t BE the Church unless you call yourself Jesus Christ. Don’t we have enough false Messiahs already?

    • Anonymous

      Blind people who now see are usually prone to say so. They certainly are not false Messiahs!

      • Daniel

        Don’t you try and pull that baloney with me. I know what it’s like to be blind, and the good doctor who performed the implant operation on my eyes that restored my own sight did NOT claim to be a Messiah. There is only ONE Savior, only ONE. Jesus Christ! And whomever you are speaking of, they are not Him!

        • Anonymous

          Who claims to be the Church and not part of the body off the Church? That’s a new one for me!

    • Wild pop

      What kind of statement is this ?

  • Anonymous

    Stephan became the first Christian martyr for preaching, ” The Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands!” (Acts, chapter 7:48-49)

    Why do we choose to waste our time pointing fingers at politicians, clergy, business leaders, capitalism, socialism, crime, drugs, schoolteachers, parents or the devil? Isn’t it our Saviors calling to each of His redeemed to join up, study up, stand up, speak up, teach up, preach up, and buckle up — because He lives – and we are going up? He’s given us His free gift message, method (speech), what to say, why to say it, where to say it, when to say it, who to say it to – and the power to speak it.

  • Renfrow

    Great show. The full show was so powerful. Thank you Glenn for sharing!

  • Wild pop

    How about truckloads of food and toys for the needy kids in this country ?

  • Rachel Maddow’s Testicles

    Glenn “new world order” beck is using christianity to pacify his masses of viewers to calmly accept their shackles and peacefully march into the FEMA camps with no resistance.

  • 2 IT too

    “MY kingdom is NOT of this world.”


    “The LOVE of MONEY is the ROOT of

    “The POOR will ALWAYS be with YOU.”


    ‘Happiness’ –your happiness, even OUR happiness,
    is NOT the OBJECT, and —NEVER—-WAS.

    BEHOLD! the deployment, right on cue, of the
    ———————————– – – -ARMINIAN HERESY.

    It’s the ultimate moral alibi for the PERPETRATION.


  • Tim

    Glenn! Leave the Mormon cult now and never return!

  • Anonymous

    I learned in Kindergarten that the church was the people not a building…

  • Moozmom

    It was the best quote of the day for me!