I would lay down my life for America, but I cannot trifle with my honor. – John Paul Jones
On August 28, 2010, a man many of us are still trying to figure out who is clearly a media and marketing genius, Glenn Beck sponsored a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. He called it the Restoring Honor rally – a return to Faith, Hope and Charity (or Love). Many Americans attended. We will never be able to settle or agree on an actual number of attendees. So let’s just agree that it was a multitude and each of us can assign to that the number that pleases us.
I was not able to attend, but I did hear much of it on television. The message I heard was that we can only restore our national honor by retuning to our Christian roots. What one hears often has much to do with where one stands in life. What message did you hear and what does it mean to you?
To me, the message I heard means that we must put our Faith back in God. Faith that He will do what He told us He would do and Hope that we as individuals and as a people will make it to salvation and the promised eternal life in Heaven. When Faith and Hope are realized what remains is Love – the constant in Christianity. (Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. – Luke 10-27 (NIV); And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13; We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 1:3)
I am neither theologian nor preacher. That is simply my understanding of the Christian trilogy of Faith, Hope and Charity (or Love depending on your interpretation). I thought that it was important to try to place it in the Biblical context from which it comes. The bottom line is that if you are not prepared to discuss yesterday’s message from Mr. Beck in that context, then you probably will neither understand nor accept it. Or conversely, I am standing all alone out in left field.
What exactly is honor? Years ago, I wrote the following:
Honor is a code we live by. It encompasses all our values and all that we do. When honor is a value, it means we will do what we say and live by the values we express as ours. It means we live by a code of dignity, integrity and pride. It also means that our personal integrity is maintained without any legal or other obligation. A code of honor is an uncompromising commitment to a way of life. – The Three Meter Zone
In the context of yesterday’s rally, if we are to restore our honor we must first decide what makes up the code by which we live. Our “American” code can be wrapped in one predominant phrase. In God we trust. If we truly believe that then Mr. Beck’s message is on target. If we claim that we are Christians, as statistics show the majority of Americans do, then we indeed should live by the values encompassed by that claim. Or, we should agree that we are not Christian.
Only God knows whether Mr. Beck’s message will have any resounding influence over the direction of our country. Time will tell.
Al Sharpton has accused Beck of trying to hijack the civil rights movement. That is a statement that will cause your drink of diet Pepsi to exit through your nose. Imagine the “Reverend” Sharpton accusing anyone of trying to hijack the civil rights movement.
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. – Proverbs 26:1
What you can count on in the coming days is for that theme to be picked up by the liberal media, most of which view Christians a bigger threat than terrorist Islam. What else you can count on are senseless arguments about how many people actually attended, etc. All of it with the purpose of distorting or deflecting the conversation toward something other than the true message. You can also bet that public relations firms are collecting big fees as I type this for telling scared to death politicians how to spin their message so that it sounds like they were actually standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010 offering up a hearty Amen.
Vietnam veteran Dave Roever gave the closing prayer for the rally. He said to know what 8/28 really means, read Romans 8:28.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)
God has blessed America. I agree with Mr. Beck. It is now time for America to bless God through our Faith, Hope and Charity.