The $55k commercial for God: A moment of faith, hope, and charity

by Sara J.

“This was a $55,000 Commercial for God”

If you listen to Glenn’s radio show (and aren’t paid by George Soros) you are most likely an advocate for small government. Monday, on his program, Glenn provided an overwhelmingly generous example of what it means to be a small government conservative and a man of faith.

After reading an article on TheBlaze.com about two women’s shelters that lost federal funding due to “mandatory Bible study” programs (Liza’s Place and Hope’s Home), Glenn spoke with Marilyn Vyzourek, founder and executive director of both shelters. Marilyn explained that she was told to “cut down on her Bible studies, and stop mandating them, or they [the feds] would cut their funding.” Marilyn stood firm and did not comply and, as a result, lost funding. Hope’s Home and Liza’s Place lost $55,000 combined in federal funds. As a woman of faith, Marilyn trusted that the Lord would replace those lost dollars. Well, He did.

Glenn, then made a choice that the mainstream media and the Obama administration would like you to believe never occurs. Glenn and his wife, Tania, replaced the lost funding of $55,000 with their own, hard-earned money. The Obama administration, mainstream media, and MSNBC would like you to believe is that conservatives are greedy capitalists, only caring about where their next dollar is coming from and how to keep it out of the hands of the less fortunate. What they don’t want you to know is that conservatives give substantially more to charity and non-profits than the average big government liberal (insert one of Stu’s statistics).

Through a private donation, Glenn helped keep a facility alive that gives women a place to go and receive real help, not an easy hand out. According to Marilyn, many of these women are recovering addicts, and their program has a 60% success rate. That is quite impressive. Their program requires the women to work on a daily basis, take classes, and, YES, attend Bible study. As a Christian, I know that had Marilyn complied with the request to end these mandatory Bible studies, the success rate of her programs would have taken a hit.

How many addicts have overcome addiction with a check from the government? How many homeless people have become gainfully employed and off the dole thanks to Uncle Sam?

…Still thinking?

Personally, I cannot think of a single success story, not one. And, don’t doubt for one minute if they did exist, that the Obama camp would be reading the letters in the press room every day. Why do you think they read email after email about the “failures” of the private healthcare system? To give you the impression that Obamacare has to be a better option—history shows us that it is not.

I’m a new employee at Mercury, and just moved to NYC from Marietta, GA (pray for me). This is the only company on the planet that I could even consider moving to this city [NYC] for. There’s only one reason, they practice what they preach. There is only one way to change the public opinion of small government conservatives when we are up against the megaphone of the mainstream media—prove them wrong. It is important to emphasize the responsibilities that come with reducing the size of government.

People who voted for Obama in the last election really believe that reducing the size of government means letting Granny go without healthcare, and watching sick underprivileged kids die in the streets …which is totally rational considering Obama’s stance on late term abortions.

The only way to reduce the size of government is to remove the chains of government money. As Marilyn quickly learned, when the government writes the check, the government controls what you do with the money. The programs at the women’s shelters however, teach freedom and self-reliance, and more importantly, where this new found freedom comes from. The volunteers and employees of these women’s shelters work hard get women off the streets, and learn the skills they need to be successful outside of the shelter.

Through my faith and my understanding of politics; private charity, personal responsibility, and self-reliance can put big government out of business. The more we are able to do for ourselves and each other, the less we will notice the things the government does or does not provide. The government has tried hard to replace God with itself, but they will never succeed at that because of one fundamental difference. God gave man free will, government sets limits. Even when the government tries to control your decisions (like in Marilyn’s situation) they can’t. But, as a nation, we have to decide who we are going to let dictate or decisions; God or a big government system.

Hand up or hand out? Freedom to fail, or a ceiling that limits your success? Do you want the freedom to pursue happiness or not? It’s time to practice what we preach. If you are on the front lines of getting our government back down to size, it’s time to step up and really help those that the government claims massive entitlements will help.

Last winter my church started a service ministry for the homeless. When the temperatures drop below freezing in Atlanta we send out buses to pick up as many homeless people as we can find. We take them back to the church, where they are greeted with heat, smiles and a warm meal. Word got out pretty quickly about what we were doing last year, and the groups kept getting bigger. More people inside the church means less people out in the cold or a public shelter. A lot of lives on both sides of that ministry have been changed, and all it took was a few volunteers, food donations and compassion.

How many lives do you think will be bettered from Glenn’s donation yesterday? It will be far beyond the women who are in these Colorado shelters. Glenn’s donation was heard by 8 million listeners across the country. Who knows that kind of an impact it had? I saw someone on twitter send out tweets for others to make donations to the shelters in an effort to match the one Glenn made.

This is what it’s really all about. It’s not about right or left, Republicans or Democrats, it’s about turning back to our values, and focusing on what matters. When we stop serving God and each other, we leave a void that the government gladly steps in to fill. You don’t have to be able to give away $55,000 to do something; service in volunteering is equally important. Whether it’s through service or donations, these are the solutions.

Like Glenn said yesterday, “This was a $55,000 commercial for God. He works in amazing and mysterious ways, and he connects people together in ways that you would have never seen coming. Praise Him, celebrate Him, serve Him.” Make investments in people – the entire human condition. If we can’t fix ourselves, we can’t fix our government.

Sara manages the social media accounts for Mercury Radio Arts and GBTV. She independently runs the blog http://www.generation912.com.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed the Trump defense team's arguments in the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.

"This is different than what the Democrats were doing," Glenn said of the Trump team's impeachment defense. "We know the case of the Democrats, they just kept going over and over and over, for three days, the same stuff. The Republicans, at least on Saturday, did not ... and I thought it was really, really good."

Glenn added, "The president's defense was very compelling."

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Americans are getting crushed by healthcare costs. In 2018 alone, we spent $3.6 trillion on healthcare — that's more than $11,000 per American and nearly a fifth of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It's on everyone's minds, which is why it has taken center stage in the Democratic party's primary. Of course, the solutions offered by the current crop of presidential candidates would do nothing to help alleviate that enormous spending. In fact, it would only add to it — what with Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All and Joe Biden's proposed ObamaCare expansion.

However, what also deserves attention in discussions about plans that increase the government's role in health care is how religious organizations would be affected. Faith-based hospitals and health care sharing ministries (HCSMs) play an important role in America, often serving as a critical provider and/or facilitator of payments for medical services in many states. If plans like Medicare for All were implemented, these groups would be at risk of going bankrupt or being severely curtailed due to the elimination of choice that comes with these proposals.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives. And more Americans should consider them.

Instead of imposing a top-down and expensive health care system overhaul, faith-based providers and groups should be allowed to continue offering a variety of plans that work as high-quality, often cheaper alternatives.

As mentioned, one such option is a health care sharing ministry. In this model, individuals contribute money into a pool managed by a religiously or ethically-affiliated organization, and costs for medical treatment are shared by people who adhere to that organization's belief system. Typically, applicants are required to sign a statement of faith in order to be accepted. It's basically like a subscription service: consumers pay a set amount of money into the ministry every month. Then, when they have a medical need or incident, they submit a claim to the ministry. Members whose claims are approved are reimbursed by the ministry from that pool of funds. Note, these ministries don't cover procedures they deem immoral.

Because providers are often getting paid in cash under this model — and typically within 90 days — patients are able to negotiate significant discounts, in some cases slicing procedures' costs to a fraction of the initial price. Insurance companies, by comparison, tend to not pay dollar for dollar on claims, and certainly not in cash. Additionally, insurance companies usually have onerous paperwork requirements, forcing doctors to spend half of their time on electronic health records and desk work. This increase in demand for administrative work is partly responsible for the United States leading the world in administrative costs in healthcare.

There are various types of HCSMs, each offering different benefits depending on what the individual needs — and a lot of savings on monthly plans. Take Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example. It's resulted in enormous savings for its members. Whereas the average healthcare plan can cost about $400 a month on the low end (with high deductibles), CHM plans can run between $78-172 a month for a single person. These kinds of plans are particularly great options for people who are relatively healthy and young, where the need for doctors and prescription drugs is less likely.

HCSMs have seen explosive growth in popularity recently. In 2014, there were only approximately 160,000 members. By 2018, membership ballooned to about 1 million HCSM members around the United States who have shared over $1 billion in medical expenses. But unfortunately, many people still feel locked into the traditional — and expensive — health care insurance model. HCSMs provide a way out, and, depending on their belief system, people should research them and see if there's one that best suit their needs. If more people deviate away from the traditional health care insurance market, insurance companies would be incentivized to adjust their pricing. That won't be possible, of course, if plans like Medicare for All are implemented.

Health care is one of life's biggest expenses, and voters are understandably desperate for a plan that cuts costs without compromising quality of care or access to it. Alternative options to health care insurance such as HCSMs are practical, free-market solutions that saves money. Americans should sift through these options before subscribing to plans that will only break the bank.

James Czerniawski is a Young Voices contributor. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCz19.

Bill O'Reilly: Adam Schiff is in 'wonderland' during the Senate impeachment trial

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, Bill O'Reilly gave his latest take on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and explained why he thinks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is like "Alice in Wonderland."

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

According to Cruz, Thursday was a "very consequential day" in the otherwise tedious and redundant impeachment proceedings.

"Yesterday, the House managers effectively threw Joe Biden under the bus," Cruz said. "They doubled down on what they started doing on the first day of arguments, which was making their entire case ... based on the proposition that there was zero evidence to justify investigating Burisma [the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid then-Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $50,000 a month to sit on the board]."

Cruz went on to explain that every time the Democrats, namely House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), rehash the "zero-evidence" argument, they open the door for Republicans to present the overwhelming evidence that contradicts those claims.

"That proposition, that there's zero evidence to investigate Burisma, is utterly and completely absurd. So, I'm looking forward to Saturday when the president's lawyers will begin presenting his case. Because what the Democrats have done, is they have opened the door to this. And I hope the president's lawyers will stand up and systematically lay out the case," Cruz said.

"They've been arguing that Hunter Biden is completely irrelevant to this case. Well, the House managers have now, through their arguments, made Hunter Biden not only relevant — he was always relevant — but critical now," he continued. "They built the entire case, like a house of cards, on the proposition that there was no reasonable basis to investigate Burisma. And that's just absurd."

The two also discussed Cruz's new podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," which he records with Daily Wire host Michael Knowles each night following the Senate trial.

"Last night's podcast went through systematically ... all of the overwhelming evidence of corruption from Burisma that any president, not only had the authority to investigate, but the responsibility to investigate," Cruz said. "And that, ultimately, is why President Trump is going to be acquitted at the end of this process."

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