Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In Defense of Glenn Beck

I first heard about Glenn Beck from my father-in-law many years ago. I did not think much about him until he launched his news program on Fox News. Even then, I only started listening to him regularly about a year ago. I was initially pulled into the idea that he advanced crazy ideas. I had my disagreements with him. But then I actually listened to him. And the more I listened, the more I realized that the ideas he was advancing were grounded in fact. It is now my belief that Beck is uncovering secret combinations and bringing their secrets to light. Beck is not simply spouting conspiracy theories, but is bringing to light the very secret combinations we have been warned about in The Book of Mormon.

Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon was the ‘keystone of our religion’ and the ‘most correct’ book on earth. This most correct book on earth states that the downfall of two great American civilizations came as a result of secret conspiracies whose desire was to overthrow the freedom of the people. ‘And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking,’ says Moroni, ‘and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.’ Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon — it is a conspiracy fact.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints, Ensign, p 59. July 1972.)

In the book of Alma in The Book of Mormon, Alma went to Ammonihah to preach the gospel. The people there rejected the gospel, and so Alma left the city. After he left, an angel came to Alma, and the following verses contain what the angel said to Alma:

Alma 8:16-17

16 And behold, I am sent to command thee that thou return to the city of Ammonihah, and preach again unto the people of the city; yea, preach unto them. Yea, say unto them, except they repent the Lord God will destroy them.

17 For behold, they do study at this time that they may destroy the liberty of thy people, (for thus saith the Lord) which is contrary to the statutes, and judgments, and commandments which he has given unto his people.

We must ask ourselves, why was this passage included in the Book of Mormon? What relevance does it have to our day? Back in the days of Alma, if people were studying to destroy the liberty of the people, and we believe in the Book of Mormon, and we believe the Book of Mormon was written for our day, then why is it so hard to believe that people today would be studying and actively working to destroy our liberty? Why would this be labeled a conspiracy theory today instead of truth?

Any Christian constitutionalist who retreats from this battle jeopardizes his life here and hereafter. Seldom has so much responsibility hung on so few, so heavily; but our numbers are increasing, and we who have been warned have a responsibility to warn our neighbor.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 591.)

It is my belief that Glenn Beck is fulfilling his responsibility to warn his neighbor. Glenn Beck is constantly labeled a conspiracy theorist for the ideas that he teaches. However, this label holds no merit. This label is given to dissuade others from listening to the ideas he presents. The ideas Beck presents are grounded in fact, and these facts are not disputed by Beck’s opposition other than to say generically that they are not true.

Just as in the days of Alma of The Book of Mormon, many here on earth today are actively studying to destroy our liberty. We must not stand idly by and watch it happen. Thomas Sowell is a conservative economist whose works I have spent a lot of time studying. He went to Columbia and Harvard, and he works at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. At 80 years old, he has a lifetime of experience of studying economics and politics and writing about it. He is well respected and knows what he is talking about. Recently he was interviewed on National Review’s Uncommon Knowledge. He said that our liberty has been so destroyed that he is not optimistic about our future. If it were not for the Tea Party movement, he would say that our country is already done and over and our freedom is gone, but that maybe it is done and over already anyway. So here we have this guy who has been studying economics and politics and fighting for freedom for a lifetime, and he is almost ready to say that the fight is over and we have lost. And yet there are countless Americans who have not even joined the fight and who have not even chosen their side (moderates). I am pleading for you to join the fight and choose the side of free agency (freedom). I listen to Rush Limbaugh, and he says the fight is not over and there is still time for freedom to win. So I will continue my fight in this war of ideas; I will continue on in the side I have chosen in this War in Heaven being waged here on earth.