My Thoughts On The “Restoring Honor” Rally

I was taking a “wait and see” approach to Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in D.C. this past Saturday. Happily, it was pretty much what I expected. Beck has become deeply religious in the past decade, after hitting rock bottom in his life as a drug addict many years ago. He knows what it is to be broken, and then to put the pieces back together, and find that life can be quite beautiful. His speech was inspiring, uplifting and spiritual. All the speeches were quite beautiful. I’m sure many on the left couldn’t take the overtly religious nature of the rally, but the Sharpton rally was just as full of references to God and prayer. For some reason, if it is said in the black community, that doesn’t count to many on the left who disdain religion. I’ve never quite figured out why.

I also think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was properly honored on the anniversary of his “I have a dream,” speech. Rev. Al Sharpton led a rally called “Reclaiming The Dream” on the same day, but he spent a good deal of time being critical of Beck, and those at the “Restoring Honor” Rally, but Beck only spoke of love and unity.

I know there were many many people at the “Reclaiming The Dream” rally who live MLK’s dream every day. But in my opinion, I don’t think Sharpton honored MLK at all. I think MLK’s niece, Dr. Alevda King carries that banner. You decide:

Here is Rev. Al Sharpton:

It should also be noted that Clarence B. Jones, who served as King’s personal attorney and his speechwriter, said, speaking of Beck’s rally, that he believes King would “pleased and honored” that this group of people, five decades later, would come together to discuss the future of America.*

The media seems obsessed with the fact that the crowd at Beck’s rally was “predominately white,” (repeated over and over in the msm) while they never seemed that obsessed with the fact that every anti-war rally was also predominately white. I guess pointing that out only matters if it is a conservative crowd.

Beck clearly feels that we need to bring back the principles that made this country great. We have dishonored ourselves. How have we dishonored ourselves? Here is a good explaination(please read the link, it’s very very good), but I would add these things. We have dishonored ourselves with our addiction to porn, materialism, greed, divorce, the objectifying of women, drugs, and selfishness. For all the greatness, goodness, and generosity of our nation, there is a dark underbelly that is shameful and shamefully mainstream.

As I pointed out before, the problems in the innercity are rooted in sin, and so are the problems of our nation. Beck was asking for unity in fighting these problems. And we can be unified. No, we won’t all agree on issues, politics, and vision, but we can be unified on the principles Beck talked about. We can believe in America’s goodness. We can believe in God. We can be honest and work hard. We can be generous with our money and our time. We can commit ourselves to our families once again. We can promise to elect leaders who are honest, sincere, courageous, and that have humility. We can be a better people. On that we can all agree.

It’s about something apart from politics. It’s about getting to know the people in your neighborhood. It’s about helping each other, no matter how different we may seem to each other. It’s about being kind. It’s about teaching our children to be honest, caring, and kind to everyone. We don’t have to agree to be kind. It’s really that simple.

This isn’t “Glenn Beck’s” message. He would be the first to tell you that. It’s a message from our forefathers, and from every great religion. It’s a message that has made it’s way through our history.

Beck is just reminding us of it.

*via Newsmax

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