Glenn: "We cannot be the people we've allowed ourselves to become."

Glenn’s trip down to NASCAR’s Daytona 500 was peppered with Hollywood stars, directors, and music performers. But perhaps the person Glenn was most excited to have met was the Rev. Billy Graham. Glenn described their meeting on radio this morning.

Last Summer, Glenn had wanted to meet with Rev. Graham as part of his planning for the 8/28 rally. According to Glenn, Billy Graham was probably the only other person who had tried to do something on the scale of what Glenn was hoping to accomplish. However, according to Glenn Rev. Graham and his team did not feel that “the time was right.”

“Two weeks ago as I have been struggling with some ideas and some things that I am working on for the future and I am trying to get clarity again, I thought of Billy Graham.  When the phone range and they said the Reverend feels it's time to meet, I met with him.  We had an hour scheduled.  It lasted three hours,” Glenn said.

“I didn't tell you about it in advance out of respect for him,” Glenn said.

“He is a very clear individual.  He's slowed down quite a bit.  He's now 91.  You have to be pretty close to him for him to be able to see you.  His eyes are going and his hearing is gone.  So I had to talk to him like I used to have to talk to my grandfather.  But he is of sound mind and a man of great peace.”

“We spoke of the things to come and where we were in history, and I will tell you it is for him to say what he wishes to say.  I will tell you what my impressions were walking away and what I felt walking away.  These are not his views but mine.”

“We cannot be the people we've allowed ourselves to become.  We must be our highest self.  We must get ourself into shape spiritually, morally, physically, temporally.”

“That America is going to find it more and more difficult to do the right thing even though we have, I fear, done the wrong thing for too long.”

“We have adopted "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" and the reason why we've done this is because we now see what is happening in Libya.  You take Libya and a brutal dictator who we don't like, you take him out and you destabilize the whole world.  We now know that that isn't going to work.  But how many things in our society have been propped up that would have been a lot easier to fix had we allowed them to fail 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago.  How many of us are living on the edge?”

“In sitting there and speaking to Reverend Graham, I thought, here is a man who has been all around the world.  Here's a man who has seen it all.  Here's a man who's done profound good.  One of the first to stand in Alabama as a white preacher and stand and say we must come together.”

“My message to you is we must come together.  Evil has ‑‑ the left has stood ‑‑ is standing now with profound and clear evil and they've connected from evil all the way to the average Democrat and everything in between.”

“And we are sitting here arguing with each other over, well, how do you mean that exactly?  Well, what exactly do you believe in religion, et cetera, et cetera?  While none of us can sacrifice what we believe as an individual, we must stand together with those who believe in God and that God endows each individual with the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“That this is not a video game.  This is not a movie.  This is not like anything you've ever encountered in your life before.  The world is changing, and because of that we must change as well.  Darkness is growing.  But the shadows can only grow darker as the sun grows lighter."

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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