Glen Beck said that you should leave your church if your church preaches social justice. Or if your church has the words “social justice” on their website.
Hacking Christianity blogged that “Glen Beck declares War on the United Methodist Church” Now, Beck didn’t mention us communists United Methodists by name but as the aforementioned blog points out, our social principles do declare that we are supportive of social justice. And John Wesley did say “the Gospel of Christ knows of no religion but social; no holiness but social holiness.”
So round us up and send us to the nearest Blackwater run detention camp!
The social principles and John Wesley’s theology and vision are reasons that I have remained a leader at a United Methodist Church. I have met many pastors who fight for social justice and they have been friends and mentors of mine. That being said, my problem is that Glen Beck doesn’t really need to declare war on the United Methodist Church. If all Methodists were to take the advice of Glen Beck, I doubt that too many congregations would lose members. There just aren’t that many churches that embody the church’s social principles.
We are good at buying overpriced malaria nets or sending health kits, but the church and most congregations do not offer a coherent or comprehensive agenda or an organized and sustained effort to confront economic injustice in real ways.