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On radio Tuesday, Glenn delivered a passionate monologue on the difference between people who just go to church, and people who really bring the church with them and live their testimony in all of their actions. For too long, Americans have failed to take a stand on the issues that matter. In the words of Thomas Paine, “these are the times that try men’s souls” - will we have the strength to endure them?
Listen to Glenn’s powerful message from the opening of today's radio show below:
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it mat contain errors:
It was December 23rd, 1776. We were six months into the Revolution. We had lost every single battle. George Washington was on the southern side of -- of the Delaware. And he needed to turn his troops around and cross the Delaware and go up and fight the Hessians. They were the Navy SEALs of the day.
Everyone was saying that George Washington was a failure, and we had gone from 20,000 troops. And we were down to less than 2,000 troops. And nobody wanted to get into the boat and go across the river. Somewhere in the countryside, Thomas Paine, a guy who later became an atheist, was marching in the mud. And he was marching next to a drum.
And a few words kept pounding through his head, and he finally asked the drummer for the head of his trust me, because he didn't have any paper on him. He wrote a few words down. Rolled them up. Gave them to a writer. And said, get this to Philadelphia. Have them print it. And then find George Washington, he needs these words.
They arrived at the side of George Washington on December 24th, 1776. He read them. He wept. He went to his troops. And he read them.
Out loud, he said, these are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from the service of their country. But he that stands by it now deserves the love and thanks of many men and women. Tyranny, like hell, isn't easily conquered, yet we have the consolidation with us that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain to cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
Whether we should have started this movement long ago or we started too soon, I'm not going to enter the argument. I had my own simple opinion. We didn't use the proper use of the time that we have had. However, the fault, if there be one, is our own. We have no one to blame, but ourselves.
As I read this this morning, I thought to myself, how true that is. Why are we so surprised? We went along to get along. We went along because we didn't want any trouble. I don't want any trouble, and it doesn't matter anyway. Whatever they say, that's fine. It's not going to change anything.
I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. I'll just be quiet. Don't talk about religion. Don't talk about politics in public. I'm going on to see that movie anyway because I really -- I mean, I know -- my kids know the difference.
It's our failure. It's our failure to stand. Should we have started this long ago? Yeah, probably. But why debate that now?
The only one we have to blame on any of this is us.
How many of us just stopped going to church, and we stopped going to church for a couple of reasons. One, lazy. It's not going to be make a difference. I'm not really sure God exists. Whatever. I'm tired. I'm working all the time.
Or some good reasons. They're not teaching me anything. There's no relevance there. It really doesn't make a difference. Because I go into church and then by the time I hit the parking lot, everybody is honking at each other. Nobody knows each other.
It doesn't make an impact in my life at all. Why am I going to church? That's a failure, not only of the pulpit, but, again, of us. Because we didn't demand that our pulpits would stand. How many of us -- how many of us go to a church right now that isn't talking about things? And have we thought, they're not talking about things because they're afraid. They're afraid that you're going to say something.
Have you thought about getting a bunch of the people that you go to church with and signing a petition and saying, we want you to talk about these things, pastor, priest, rabbi. We want a few things addressed. And all of us are going to stand behind you if you do. Don't worry about what comes. This storm, we will be the shelter from your storm. Because we need to hear the truth on these things.
How many of us went to church and we never talked about -- we never talked about the traditional family. We never talked about abortion. We never talked about euthanasia. We're not talking about the Christians being killed now overseas. We're not talking about the four homosexuals that were thrown off the roof Friday in celebration that love always wins.
We can argue about when we should have started it. What we should have done. We can have that discussion. But why? It's worthless. How about we start right now. How about we start standing right now.
I had to give a talk at church, a youth conference on Saturday. They were about 1500 kids. And I think I took their breath away because I walked up in front of them and I said, you know what, I have to tell you, I don't really like church people. There's kind of a nervous laughter, but they knew that I was serious.
I don't like church people. I don't like church people in most churches because church people are the most judgmental people I've ever met in my life. Church people will tell me their testimony. Oh, that's fantastic. Thank you very much for sharing that.
Here's what I like: I like people who live their testimony. I don't have to ask you for your testimony because I see it in your life.
I don't have to ask you if you go to church because you bring church with you everywhere you go. Everywhere you go is a sacred place.
You live those principles. Not on Sunday when you go. Not on Saturday. But you live them all the time. I don't like church people because church people understand that church is a place that I go on Sunday, and testimony is something that I share occasionally when asked or I have the opportunity to change someone's heart, so I'll share my testimony. I like the people that understand that church is wherever you are and testimony is exactly how I live my life.
I like people that happen to look at church as a hospital. Because that's what it is for me. It's a hospital for my soul. Because I'm on the verge of losing my soul every day. I don't know about you. And if you don't think that you're going to come under attack because these are the times that try men's souls, if you don't think you're going to come under attack with your soul, and everything that, you know, you're fooling yourself.
I need to get in there because I'm so badly wounded, by the time I get to Sunday, I need some medicine. I need some help. I need to be able to make it the next seven days. I don't like church people generally because they worry so much about everybody else's soul. And that's nice. And I appreciate that. And I appreciate their prayers. I really do. But church people generally worry about everybody else's soul so much more than theirs. Because they've accepted Jesus Christ, and that's all they have to do. I'm good. No, no, no, I accepted him. What?
I'm sorry. But I don't buy that. I buy that if you have accepted him, that -- people can spot you a million miles away. When you walk into a room, the room changes. You're different. Because you've accepted him, you've changed. You're not like everybody else. You're quieter. You're more gentle. You understand what your citizenship means, and you're concerned about your citizenship in the kingdom.
See, we've all been so concerned about this kingdom. We've been so concerned about this country. And our citizenship in this country. TIME Magazine said we're exiles in our own land. That's TIME Magazine over the weekend. We're exiles in our own land. We've lost our citizenship, gang. Why? Because we've been quiet.
And we haven't trusted the power of God. We say a bunch of stuff, but I don't think we even believe that stuff. Why are we so defeated? Do you not -- tell me that everything that you don't understand and you don't believe, that everything is according to his will. That everything will be used for the good of those who love him.
I do. So why are we defeated? We're defeated because we worry about everybody else. We're defeated because we see what's happening on television. We see what people are like in colleges. We see what people are like in our own business. We see what people are posting. But we don't see what he's doing. Because we're not taking any time to be quiet enough, humble enough, to listen to what he's doing. To find out what he's doing. And what he's doing right now, I'm convinced, is he's preparing his people. Gird up your loins.
Do you know what that means? Gird up your loins. It's when those guys used to wear those -- I don't know -- what do you call those -- dress things. And they didn't have pants. So what you had to do was you reached down from behind your legs and you grabbed the skirt thing that you were wearing -- your tunic, and you pulled it up behind you. Then you took each end of it and you tied it in front of you so it became almost like a diaper. Why? Because you were about to go into battle. You needed to move quickly. You couldn't be tripping on your tunic.
Gird up your loins. That's what he's telling his people right now. Gird them up. Get ready. You haven't seen anything yet. You haven't seen evil yet. You don't even know what's coming your way. But have faith in me because evil doesn't have any idea what's coming its way.
We lost our first citizenship. I'm not going to lose my second citizenship. And that's the only one I care about. And, yes, I care about your citizenship, and I will pray for you. My family and I pray for you every day. And I hope you pray for me every day. And I will worry about others. And I will talk to them about the truth at any time that I can. But I will live my testimony. So I don't have to talk to everybody because there's too many people to talk to.
Hopefully they will see it, and they will say, I want to be more like that guy. Because that's the way I learned. My friend, Pat, I wanted to be more like that guy. He could weather the storms that I couldn't. Why?
Because he knew what the truth was.
Now is the time. You let him and his word be your sword. You let him be your shield. But we must be gentle. We must be loving. We must clothe ourselves in humility. We must be bold, yet humble. Bold, yet kind. Bold, yet loving.
That's hard. We've never done that before.
There's a lot coming. Thomas Paine said, I once felt that kind of anger which men ought to feel. But I was standing at the door of a tavern with a man who had a pretty child at his hand, about eight or nine years old. And after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, he said, just give me peace in my day.
But if there be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child should have peace.
He said, I thank God that I fear not, for I see no real cause for fear. I'm going to quit this class of men. Men who are smarter, perhaps than I. Or wealthier than I. I turn with warm ardor of a friend, those who have nobly stood and are yet determined to stand the matter out. I call not upon a few, but upon all. Not on this state or that state, but on every state to help us. Lay your shoulder to the wheel. It's better to have too much force than too little.
Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing, but hope and virtue could possibly survive, that the city in the country alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it and repulse it. Say not that thousands were gone. Turn out your tens of thousands. Throw not the burden on the day to Providence, but show your faith by your works that God may bless us.
It matters not where you live or what rank of life you hold. The evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near. The home counties and the back. The rich and the poor. Will suffer or rejoice alike. That heart that feels it not right now is dead. And the blood of his children will curse his cowardice. The man who shrinks back at a time when a little might might have saved the whole and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and that can grow brave by reflection.