Faith and the future


"If I didn't have faith, I would have thrown myself off the top of a building a long time ago," Glenn said on radio this morning.

"If I didn't know the history of our country, if George Washington were just, you know, a cartoon figure like he is for most people, if Abraham Lincoln, if I didn't really know who Abraham Lincoln was and I didn't know how the Republic came to be and all the times that we had been in these kinds of jams and how God played a role, I would just have no faith ‑‑ I would have absolutely no faith."

"Somebody said to me the other day, 'So why do you think Romney's going to win?' I said God. They're like, okay, I got it. But, like, why do you think? And I said, uh, God.'Well..."' and I said, look, you've got to go back to ‑‑ I'm sorry, but you've got to go back to the times when people said in documents, with firm reliance on the protection of divine providence. I know that phrase. I believe that phrase. My only question is whether we have done enough to be on his side. God's never on man's side. He's never on anybody's side. He's always on man in the general sense, he's always on man's side. But he's on freedom's side. He's on the truth side. Now, have we restored enough truth in our own lives to be able to afford to ask him for that divine providence? Have we done that? That's the only thing that remains out there."

"I keep going back to people like Ralph Reed and all the pastors and the preachers. I mean, look what just happened with Billy Graham. Billy Graham took the cult status of the Mormons off of his website. Billy Graham. That is ‑‑ I mean, a few years ago Billy Graham didn't want to meet with me. Then we meet and we have a heartfelt conversation about Christ, and he really questions me on it. Sounds to me like you understand Christ. Now, that wasn't endorsement of my religion, but we had an open conversation about it. A good conversation. I mean, I like ‑‑ I mean, like how many times in the last six months, in the last six months I've corresponded with Billy or his daughters, you know, just in, 'How's your dad?' 'Hey, Dad was talking about you today,' things like that. I mean, it's bizarre. And then Mitt Romney comes in and meets with Billy Graham. And Billy Graham takes that off of his website. I'm sorry, but I think that's pretty miraculous. That's pretty miraculous to show how people have changed."

"I've had people in all faiths say, and Graham included, 'Look, I don't agree with your faith, but it's time we come together not to merge our faiths but to stand together and to stand with him.' This is what happened in the American Revolution. I can't tell you how many preachers and pastors and rabbis have said something's happening. God is absolutely involved. And we've never seen people of faith act like this before. I know I haven't. I've seen ‑‑ in five years I've seen a massive change in people of faith. Massive."

"Now the question is, 'Is that enough?' I'm like, I have no idea. Does he believe us this time? We don't have a good track record of saying, 'No, this time's going to be different, God.' But there are millions crying out to him. Millions. We're going to have to pay for the mistakes of the past. He's not going to punish us. We punish ourselves. Our actions punish ourselves."

"You know, people will cry out, why are ‑‑ why don't we have enough food? Why can't I afford this? Because that's the choice we made as a society. You know, how many Americans now will listen and dismiss the warnings of inflation, real true, frightening inflation? And they will mock and ridicule anybody who says 'Food storage'" Well, God's not going to punish you for that."

"But your actions will punish you and your family down the line. And then they'll cry out, 'Where is...' what are you talking about? He's been here the whole time. You can turn to Him and He'll help ease your heart but it may not ease your pain. We've got pain coming in front of us."

"How many Americans really, truly even understanding that, that what's happened to us in the last four years is the beginning. Romney's not going to get in and everything's going to be rosy. This is the beginning. And we're lucky. We're fortunate. Because we will be the leaders of this next phase. If we hold true to our principles and our values. When Romney gets in, we can either watch his back or if he decides to play more of the same with, you know, the GOP and Washington, if that's who he turns out to be, then we have to do the Tea Party against him. Have to. If they're coming after him because he is doing the right things, we have to stand with him. One way or another I don't know how it's going to turn out, but we can't change."

"Because I do believe in the protection of divine providence. I do believe those words. Because we're talking about man's freedom. You can talk about democracy all you want. Democracy, God doesn't care about democracy. God cares about man's freedom. That's what He cares about. And while we're not perfect, we are the best that the world has to offer. We've screwed things up you so royally and we are becoming less and less free every day. But we are still the best in the world for freedom. We are also the only ones that truly understand where our rights come from. And a lot of our citizens don't understand that anymore. What is there? But we're really willing to die for? My rights come from God. Not from anyone else. What do you think that is? 20%? Maybe? The rest haven't been taught. They don't know."

"When you think that only about 20% of this country really understands where their rights come from and are willing to really stand, in the end really stand for them and then you take that and you reduce that number? That's 20% of this country. Tell me Canada really understands rights come from God. Tell me Mexico understands that. Tell me Russians, anybody else. This is it. This is a very, very small number of people that really, truly understand it.

"You can't tell me that those people, if they live righteously, will not find themselves under the blanket of divine protection. It doesn't mean that things are going to go well for you. It doesn't mean that your business is going to prosper. It doesn't mean that your family's not going to go through trouble. It doesn't mean any of that stuff. It just means in the end you will be victorious. Remember God usually defines the end differently than man does. But in the end you are victorious. And that's all that matters. But it's a very small number of people, which makes the responsibility on our shoulders so profound. Because He will, as Bonhoeffer said, He's not going to hold you guiltless. You're going to be judged, and you know, you know the truth sucks. I hate this. This is the part I hate about God. It's like, 'Oh, well, then why did you tell me?' Have you ever had like ‑‑ we have fast Sunday in our church. It was like this with lent when I was growing up Catholic and it was like, you know, I'm having a chicken sandwich and I've got one bite in my mouth and somebody would say, 'no, no, it's Friday. You're not supposed...' and you'll be like, 'Why did you tell me? Now I can't eat it. I could have been fine. You could have waited 10 minutes and told me after and I went, oh, crap, I didn't know. Now I have to stop. That's the bad thing about God is once you know, oh, crap. Couldn't you tell me? There's parts of ‑‑ that are just like, 'I don't want to know.' Please."

"But it's an honor to serve at this time. It's an honor."

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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