Since Glenn Beck began attacking churches that promote “social justice,” calling it “code language for Marxism,” Christians have been urged to boycott Glenn Beck. Last week Beck went so far as to call on Christians to leave their churches if they hear any preaching about social or economic justice, citing affiliations with Nazism and Communism.
Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church Pastor Ronald Garner put up the following sign in response to Beck’s statements.
GARNER: Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church is a very progressive church. We’re open and affirming in our denomination, which means we accept into the full life of our church gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. We are a peace church, and so I just felt that it was a sign that should be in front of our building to say that Mr. Beck’s comments about the social justice being a perversion of the gospel was a total distortion of anybody that’s even given a cursory reading to the words of Jesus. [...]
I feel it was an unwarranted attack on Christians, and I felt like something needed to be said.
Rev. Jim Wallis, an evangelical leader in Washington. D.C., called on Christians to leave Glenn Beck. Wallis stated, “What he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show… His show should now be in the same category as Howard Stern.”
Mr. Beck, in vilifying churches that promote “social justice,” managed to insult just about every mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, African American, Hispanic and Asian congregation in the country – not to mention plenty of evangelical ones.
Even Mormon scholars in Mr. Beck’s own church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in interviews that Mr. Beck seems ignorant of just how central social justice teaching is to Mormonism.
Garner stated that, so far, he has only received positive responses to the sign above.