I couldn’t pass this up….
If I’m not mistaken, the signs of mental illness include paranoia, delusions and hallucinations. You know–believing that evil forces are conspiring against the forces of good, or thinking that you’re better than everyone else because you believe in an “invisible guy in the sky.”
In this interview with Glenn Beck, we learn that Beck thinks Wolf Blitzer was involved in a plot to promote atheism. Because, as some of my FB friends say, “CNN is an atheist network!!”
Although Beck acknowledges that he really does like atheists, he thinks that Christians need to “prove that they were better.”
What the heck? Did he stick out his tongue after that Christian-elitist comment?
Beck says, “Have I done anything this week, have you done anything that would make anyone say, ‘Wow, what is it about them? I want to be like that. I want to be able to provide hope to others in dark times,’” the radio host said. “If you haven’t done anything different than what an atheist can do this week then your light is not shining very bright at all.”
And what exactly can a Christian do that an atheist can’t? Well, we can’t tell stories about made up super-heroes or horned bad guys and swear that they’re the truth and nothing but the truth. We can’t pretend that we’re super-duper special and that God has orchestrated a life of joy for us now and one for us later. We can’t lie to our friends and tell them that God’s going to take care of them.
Because he’s not. We are. We take care of each other. We don’t think we’re any “better” than the next guy or gal. We all have equal animal status. And we don’t think the forces of evil are having their way with CNN.
But the funniest part of this interview was the Forrest Gump-like truth that spilled from Beck’s mouth:
“Because, quite honestly, if there is no difference, I mean, wouldn’t you rather stay at home on Sunday? Wouldn’t you rather just go ahead and just do what you wanted to do and not listen to some invisible guy in the sky?”
Yes, we would. I bet Mr. Beck would, too, and if he’s like a lot of his fellow church-goers, he’ll only make it on Christmas and Easter anyway.
If the only difference between staying home and going to church on Sunday is “listening” to some “invisible guy in the sky,” then what’s the point? I don’t think that invisible guy is going to talk to him either. At least non-believers are at home doing something. We’re seeing and listening to real people.
Now, how exactly do Christians prove they are better?