I Know What Glenn Beck is Doing and Why He’s Doing It

on October 29th, 2010 | Filed under Asides, Optoblog

Glenn Beck and Faith, Hope, and Charity

Glenn Beck and Faith, Hope, and Charity

When Glenn Beck threw his big event on 8-28-2010 most on the theophobic Left and in Big Media were perplexed and mystified. It’s possible that most of the 500K+ crowd didn’t fully understand the why. His radio show itself should have been a big clue for anyone paying attention. He has been concentrating on Faith, Hope, and Charity for over a year. But why?

It stems from his reading of the scriptures, the bible and especially the Book of Mormon.

Regardless of whether you choose to believe the Book of Mormon, to understand what Glenn is up to, you must hear some of the back story. Book of Mormon events took place here in America. Repeatedly throughout the Book of Mormon, the Lord tells the people via the prophets that if they will keep the commandments, they will prosper in the land. If they don’t, they will be destroyed.

Two different civilizations discussed in the Book of Mormon went through several cycles of prosperity and destruction because of their faith in keeping the commandments or their wickedness in disobeying God.

Similar to what Moses and Jethro instituted, he Nephite form of government at the time was a hierarchy of judges and major law changes were by voice of the people. In setting up this government, the last king, Mosiah, warned

Mosiah 29:26-27
26 Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right;…

27 And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.

At one low point, a prophet named Nephi, who also happened to be Chief Judge, forsook his high level government office to preach full time the gospel of Jesus Christ:

Helaman 5:1-4
1 And it came to pass that in this same year, behold, Nephi delivered up the judgment-seat to a man whose name was Cezoram.
2 For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted.
3 Yea, and this was not all; they were a stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice, save it were to their destruction.
4 And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary because of their iniquity; and he yielded up the judgment-seat, and took it upon him to preach the word of God all the remainder of his days…

Why wouldn’t Nephi use his government office to invoke change among the people? The answer is from an earlier prophet, Alma the Younger, who saw the iniquity of the separatist, apostate Zoramites. Mormon writes in Alma 31:5

And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just- yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them- therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.

And many listened, mostly the humbled poor, and returned to the fold and lived in Jershon with the Ammonites. Those Zoramites who remained hardhearted began a war with the Nephites because of that conversion, recruiting and eventually leading the Lamanites in this war.

The Book of Mormon teaches us that we, as a nation, must come unto God in order to have peace and prosperity. That is why Glenn Beck is taking the tack of Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Mormon was the chief captain of the entire Nephite army and prophet of the church, whose members were few since the wickedness of the Nephites had caused them to come to the point of extinction at the hand of the Lamanites. What message would you give in a speech at a synagogue during such a desperate time? His son, the prophet Moroni, in closing the book his father started, quoted his father’s speech which was dedicated to the concepts of Faith, Hope, and Charity (see Moroni ch. 7).

Also Moroni recorded in Ether ch. 12 the words the Savior had spoken to him:

28 Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.
29 And I, Moroni, having heard these words, was comforted, and said: O Lord, thy righteous will be done, for I know that thou workest unto the children of men according to their faith;

So if you had a national radio and t.v. show, believed the Book of Mormon is sacred scripture just like the Bible, and loved your county, and you knew that the best way to get a country to prosper is for the people to come unto God, then you would be doing the exact same thing Glenn Beck is trying to do: Inviting everyone to have Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Thank you, Glenn Beck. I’ll love you forever for what you have done and are continuing to do. We must all have faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; repent; be baptized; and continue in faith, hope, and charity until the end of our days. Our own eternal salvation depends on it and so does the prosperity of our nation.

Please take Glenn Beck’s 40 Day and 40 Night Challenge.

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