Christianity, Glenn Mocked in the Public Square

“Since when has a fast and prayer been crazy? It was standard practice to beseech the powers of heaven for not just your country but personal guidance and revelation at one time. Have we really become a nation that mocks those who pray and fast? The sad answer is yes.”

Those words were posted to Facebook by Glenn over the weekend, after his simple request to fast was mocked by news outlets and comments on his Facebook page.

What started this "controversy?" Following the South Carolina primary, Glenn posted this message:

I would like to ask you to join me and my family Monday in a fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus.

I would like to ask you to join me and my family Monday in a fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus. #scprimary#tedcruz#nevadacaucus

Posted by Glenn Beck on Saturday, February 20, 2016

 

While many commented favorably, many also responded with vitriol, including this:

Ok I have come to the conclusion that Glenn Beck needs to be put in the loony bin because he is asking people to join he and his family on Monday in a fast for Ted Cruz before the Nevada Caucus. Is this idiot for real??? Why don't he just accept the fact that Cruz lost and stop acting like a little cry baby and certifiably insane because he is making Christians look like whack jobs!!"

Which, in turn, prompted Glenn to post about the sad state of Christianity in America:

Reading posts today proves the point that the Church is dead asleep.

Reading posts today proves the point that the Church is dead asleep.Since when has a fast and prayer been crazy?It...

Posted by Glenn Beck on Sunday, February 21, 2016

 

Could that be true? Is the Church asleep? Is the concept of fasting --- a common tenent of Christianity and Judaism --- so foreign the American public doesn't realize its place in history?

"Have you ever read the Old Testament?" Glenn asked Monday on The Glenn Beck Program. "Because that's why they were fasting and praying all the time. They were praying for the kings. They were praying for everybody. They were fasting and praying. I talked to a Jewish rabbi last night, and he's like, 'I can't believe the heat you're getting on this fasting. Jewish communities have been doing it for 5,000 thousand years.' I said, 'I know, I know.' So has the Christian community."

Apparently, many seem to have forgotten the purpose of fasting, which appears throughout scripture.

By its very nature, fasting seems to suggest that something is wrong. Eating is a normal part of human existence, so abstaining from eating implies a disruption in the very rhythm of life. The Old Testament uses fasting and abstinence from food to point to something even more necessary for life—communion with and dependence on God. Fasting behaviors were sometimes commanded, sometimes voluntary, and sometimes even ritualized, but the Hebrew Bible rather consistently portrays fasting in conjunction with themes of disruption and restoration. In the midst of disruption, fasting comes to symbolize hope. Through repentance and prayer, fasting can signify the centering of the self in humility, the renewal of the relationship to God’s sustaining force.

Not only is fasting a thousands-year-old tradition in our Judeo-Christian heritage, it also has a long documented history in American politics. Since the founding of the nation, American presidents have called upon citizens to pray and fast.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation called Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer:

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

Lincoln called for days of "national humiliation, prayer and fasting" on two other occasions in 1861 and 1864. John Adams and James Madison called for the same during their presidencies. Upon Abraham Lincoln's death, President Andrew Jackson proclaimed a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Mourning. And in 1985, President Ronald Reagan called for a National Day of Fasting To Raise Funds To Combat Hunger.

The notion that fasting is without precedent in American politics is a fallacy and one that disregards history. Couching fasting as outside "the norm" of human behavior is to deny the basic tenents of practicing Christians and Jews (and peoples of other faiths).

What should be considered unprecedented and abnormal is the decay of American society and her people turning away from God.

 

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

GLENN: So glad you're with us. Thanks so much for listening. By the way, I don't know why this was news. But on Saturday, I posted on my Facebook page that I'm fasting and praying.

PAT: Oh, my gosh. That wasn't just news, Glenn. That was the number one story of the weekend for Drudge. That was incredible. It was --

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Isn't it interesting, I just found it a little fascinating that ever since you spoke in South Carolina about a story that involved a news outlet, ever since then, every story on these websites has been focusing on anything spiritual that you say.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Maybe it's just me, but it just seems --

GLENN: Maybe it is you. Thank you.

STU: To be fair quickly, for example, it is sort of newsworthy that you would go a day without food.

GLENN: Yes. Yes, it is. Yes, it is. You're right.

PAT: If that was the headline, I would understand it. Glenn Beck does not eat for a full day.

GLENN: Right. So, anyway, I'm only bringing this up because if you didn't hear about it, I've asked the nation to fast and pray and gauge what Abraham Lincoln said, in a day of humiliation, which means to humble ourselves, and to ask that our will be put in line with his. I'm not asking anybody to say -- God doesn't make winners because we don't eat. It allows to us hear his voice clearer and align our will with his. But I just asked for that on Saturday. And I'm also fasting that Ted Cruz and his will aligns with the Maker's, and that we understand where he's wanting us to go.

These are tough times for America. And if we don't look at this as a spiritual quest, you know, we're no different than those people who voted in the Democratic Party to deny God three times. I mean, I was amazed at, again, my Facebook page, with the people saying, "God doesn't get involved in politics." Have you ever read the Old Testament?

Have you ever read the Old Testament? Because that's why they were fasting and praying all the time. They were praying for the kings. They were praying for everybody. They were fasting and praying. I talked to a Jewish rabbi last night, and he's like, "I can't believe the heat you're getting on this fasting. Jewish communities have been doing it for 5,000 thousand years." I said, "I know. I know." So has the Christian community.

But if we've turned into Christians that deny the power of about to do and the power of fast and prayer in this nation, then we have become Europe. And the fundamental transformation is over. So I'm not asking you to do that. You can do that for your candidate. It doesn't matter. I'm asking that we align our wills with the Maker's will, and that his will be done. And, you know, you don't have to not eat lunch all day. Skip lunch today. Skip dinner today. Join me in a day of fasting and prayer for our nation today. Back in a minute.

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A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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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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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