Glenn Beck: Caller takes 40 day 40 night challenge

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GLENN: We were talking to Lee in Columbus, Ohio, who said he took the 40 day challenge to change his life. Now, Lee.

CALLER: Yes, sir.

GLENN: What made you want to take the challenge?

CALLER Lee: Well, let me answer a question with a question. Are you familiar with the prodigal son in the Bible?


CALLER Lee: Pretty much, you know, I had been in church before. I actually used to be a preacher. And I pretty much had taken Father's, Heaven Father's goods and just said, God, I got it all figured out, I know what I'm doing, and just kind of leave me be. And God's not going to force anyone to stay. It's a voluntary thing. As long as you want to do God's will, he will bless you. But I, in my own arrogance and stupidity, thought I could do it better. You know, at first everything seemed pretty good. But as years went on, marriage got worse. Actually I met my wife out, when I was out of church, but the marriage kept getting never was what it could be and it just kind of went downhill, in a slow spiral. I was just a very mean spirited person all the time, just mad constantly at just everything. And then, of course, I started listening to you. With all the things going on, political stuff and I come home every day and said, do you know this is happening? Just mad all the time and she said, you've got to stop listening to Glenn for about 10 minutes so you can crack a smile.

GLENN: That's what my wife says, but I can't stop listening to me.

CALLER Lee: By the way, thank you for everything you do.

GLENN: Sure, not a problem.

CALLER Lee: You are just a wonderful person. I don't think you're perfect, but

GLENN: Oh, no, I am, but what is it so Lee, what was it that you heard or why did you take the challenge?

CALLER Lee: Here's what it was. You gave the 40 day challenge, which, by the way the whole thing was great. But let me tell you what stuck out to me. It was the hope part. And in that specific part was stop lying to yourself. And I just sat down and I was thinking, you know, I used to have it so much better when I was in church, when I was in the center of God's will. I was never perfect, but when I got knocked down, I got right back up and I kept moving forward. And I knew that I cannot serve God like I'm supposed to, live for God like I'm supposed to and be out of church, be watching pornography and just, you know, having the kind of personality that I have, just angry and mad all the time. They're incompatible with each other and they are not going to work. I have to choose one. And I said, I've done this, I've nearly destroyed my life in certain ways, my marriage. So maybe I should go back to maybe I should go back to God. And, you know, I kind of feel like that prodigal son. And he said he came to himself. And he said, I won't even ask him to come home and be a son. I'll just ask to be a servant in his house. I called my pastor. I said, could I come back to church. And he said, you didn't even have to call me. Of course you can come back. But I'd have been happy if I could have just sat in the back corner of the church just to be around God's people. But I went up and prayed and so now I'm back in fellowship with Him and I felt God that I haven't felt in years, and I'm telling you things are really, really turning around. I haven't watched pornography in a month and a half. That's never happened on my own.

GLENN: How does your wife feel about this?

CALLER Lee: That's just incredible.

GLENN: How does your wife feel about this?

CALLER Lee: She's overjoyed because we've had to go to counseling and things and we found a great Christian counselor who's really helped us. But, you know, I could talk to all the counselors in the world, I could talk to you.

GLENN: Oh, sure.

CALLER Lee: Anybody else. Unless I want to make the change for myself, unless I'm tired of living the way I was, you know. That rally, your rally or any other rally, that's not going to make a difference unless I'm really serious about changing it.

GLENN: How long did it take you, Lee, in the 40 days before you started to really change?

CALLER Lee: I would say about halfway through because, the first part I was just trying to do it like, you know, this is a good thing to do. And I realized, you know, not too long in that, you know what, if I don't get completely serious with God here, if I don't ask for his help and begin to pray and things like that, really seriously pray and turn my life around, it's just going to be another failed attempt. So I'd say about halfway through was when everything really clicked like, this is just going to a 40 day worthless challenge if I don't get myself back into church, if I don't turn my life over to God like I needed to and then


CALLER Lee: Yeah.

GLENN: You have taken the first step and you've taken the step that I think I don't know how many people are going to take the 40 day challenge. I have no idea. I hope a lot of people do because I know it's true. And the first 40 day challenge that I issued, 40, what, 47 days ago? Was pray on your knees every day, just recognize your place to God. Humble yourself and pray on your knees and let your children see your their father or their mother humbled in front of God. Then the second that's the faith part of it. The next part of it is the second part of the challenge was don't tell a lie. Never tell a lie. Get all the lies, even the lies you say to yourself, out of your system. And then the third part was charity begins at home. Focus on your family and spend extra time with your children. It doesn't need to be a lot of extra time. Just do one thing every week for each child and for your wife. Do something special one time a week in addition to what you already do. That was the original 40 day challenge. And I thank you so much, Lee, for following it.

On Friday's program on television, we are going to introduce you to three unbelievable people that were part of 8/28, but you they were behind and you didn't really see them. Three people that I personally think are going to change the country. And we're going to talk about faith, hope and charity and the 40 day challenge because the new challenge that I issued at 8/28 was this: That with firm reliance on divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. It is the last line of the Declaration of Independence. And I want you to have firm reliance on divine providence, but to do that you have to rediscover God. You have to know who he is. And by doing that, you'll know who you are and you'll be able to have you'll be able to have firm reliance. You must know that God, you're not a God's not on your side, that you are on God's side. Because as times get tough, you're going to need that.

The second part is with firm reliance on divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives. That means that we don't necessarily have to die for anything, but we live for something, that we give up our lives as we know them to do the right thing. Everybody is born for a reason. What is your reason? You were born in this country at this time for a reason. So we give up our lives, our fortunes, which means, you know what? We may not be able to retire when we wanted to. We may not be able to have the things that we wanted to. We may not have the lives that we hoped we would have financially because we are going to have to pay off all of this debt. We're going to have to do the hard things. Because we want our children to be free.

And the last one is our sacred honor. That again is truth. Never tell a lie. Our founders gave up their lives, their fortunes, but only one, Benedict Arnold, only one gave up his sacred honor. Take that 40 day challenge. I'm telling you, the line I cut from 8/28 because I just didn't want it to be divisive, I knew that it would I knew that it would be the best it would be the line that everybody would remember, but I cut it because I didn't want to turn it I didn't want anybody to think that it was political, and here's the line: We are 40 days and 40 nights away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. It has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with you finding your own way. This will transform the United States of America. It will. It will fundamentally change us, but it's not something that you sit on your hands and say I'll do that later, or, that's a good idea. I know there are a lot of people, maybe the majority of this audience I don't think so but maybe the majority of this audience that thinks this is ridiculous or whatever. It doesn't have to take everybody. An improvement starts with one. Be that one.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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