Accused of preaching to the choir, Glenn tells the choir to 'get out of the loft'

About two weeks ago, Glenn was reading the Old Testament in the book of Jeremiah. Afraid of what he was reading, Glenn asked a rabbi for clarification.

"I was hoping that he would say 'no, you have it wrong.' I don’t," Glenn said.

What Glenn learned had him scrambling to share a warning to America that unless we change our ways and start acting differently, this time in history will be a black scar for our nation. Glenn made it clear the message won't come comfortably to most people, just as it was not comfortable for him.

"They say you’re preaching to the choir. I know that," Glenn told his studio audience on Thursday. "The choir has got to get out of the loft. This is different than where we have been before."

He then expounded what he'd learned from the ancient prophet and compared it to our day when facing things like the Iran nuclear deal, Planned Parenthood and other life verses death issues.

"Well, what is Jeremiah saying?" Glenn asked. "The first thing he says is you better stop listening to the liars."

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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: I just said to the audience I don’t know if this show is going to work for a lot of people. I’ve heard from people too that agree with me, but they say you’re preaching to the choir. I know that. I know that. But you know what, the choir has got to get out of the loft. The choir has got to get out of the loft. This is different than where we have been before. You don’t need to understand it anymore. I think we all understand it. Don’t we all understand it? You look at the things that happened just yesterday, and I got it, I got it. We’re in trouble, so now what do we do?

I am not a preacher, and I am not a guy — I am the worst guy to bring you this stuff, really. I mean, I’m the guy, if I would have been obedient, I would have been prepared for this time, but I was afraid of what I heard in my prayers. Read your Scriptures because you’re going to need them. I don’t want to need my Scriptures. I don’t want to need them. I like my life the way it was. I was afraid of what that meant. I didn’t know what it meant, but I think it means right now because I wish I knew these better than I do.

About two weeks ago I was praying what message do people need to hear? What do you want me to say? Because I don’t know what to say. I heard that I should read Jeremiah. I don’t like reading those guys because it never ends up well. There’s never really a happy ending. When I got to Jeremiah 7, it’s like you know how sometimes you read, and this God on fire. I’m like okay, this is it.

I call a Rabbi friend of mine in Jerusalem, and he said I can’t teach you Jeremiah. I said well, there’s two chapters that I really kind of need to know. He said well, what two chapters? Because only two chapters we are allowed as rabbis to teach to Gentiles because there’s only two chapters that apply. I said well, it’s 7 and 27. He said good news, those are the two I can teach you. I was hoping that he would say no, you have it wrong. I don’t.

I just wanted to take you through what it says because I think we’re at that point. When we cross that line with Israel, when we cross this line with Planned Parenthood, we just crossed it. We didn’t stop it. We gave them more money, okay? That will be remembered in history books. When they look at our demise, when they look at what’s happening and what we did when we found out about it, that’s going to be a black scar. We gave them more money.

When we had a chance to stand with Israel next week, history books will remember us as people who chose death, chose death over life. This is the point where God is talking to Jeremiah, and Jeremiah is like okay, so what do you want me to say? God’s pissed. I don’t know if that’s the way a preacher would say it, but God was this. He says okay, let me tell you what to tell them. You better amend your ways and change everything that you do right now. You go tell them that, Jeremiah.

Oh wait, I’ve got a few other things. You tell them to amend their ways and change their doings, and then if they do, I will let them dwell here. Now, I happen to believe, my faith teaches me that this is a sacred land. This is one thing that’s different in my faith from other Christians. We believe that this is a sacred place, that the Constitution was divinely inspired, and this land is sacred. Our faith, my faith, teaches that if we go awry, God will take His mighty arm, and He will wipe it clean because this land is sacred, and it will not be defiled. It’s like a temple.

Well, what is Jeremiah saying? The first thing he says is you better stop listening to the liars, the liars that are telling you the temple, the temple, the temple. He says it three times, the temple, the temple, the temple. What does that mean? Lots of stuff about their rituals and everything else, but basically for us what it means is stop listening to the people who say we’re America, it’ll always be this way. There’s not going to be a problem, our money will always be worth something. It will always be like this.

God’s saying stop listening to the liars .

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

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Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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