One of the best responses to Glenn Beck’s bizarre rally last week was an eloquent warning from Southern Baptist Russell Moore about the proper place of politics in the lives of Christians:
Satan did not mind surrendering his authority to Jesus. He didn’t mind a universe without pornography or Islam or abortion or nuclear weaponry. Satan did not mind Judeo-Christian values. He wasn’t worried about “revival” or “getting back to God.” What he opposes was the gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected for the sins of the world.
It’s worth pointing out, though, that Glenn Beck is not the social conservative many people, Moore included, seem to think he is. Beck has declared his support for gay marriage and tries to avoid discussions of abortion, apparently because he is too busy spinning conspiracy theories and giving wing to libertarian nuttery.
I think Beck’s professed indifference is a deeply disingenuous response to some of the most morally pressing issues of our time. Marriage is no small thing. Neither are questions of autonomy and human life. And that’s true no matter what side of the debate you fall on.