“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” – Luke 4: 18, 19
Those were the very first words Jesus spoke in public. He had just returned after his triumph over the devil’s temptations, entered Nazareth’s synagogue on the Sabbath, opened the Scriptures, and read from Isaiah. His ministry officially began at that moment.
Odd, then, that church leaders from multiple and diverse denominations should have to defend themselves for following the words of the Great Teacher. Odder still, that they should have to defend the church against the rantings of one of Fox News’ loudest voices – Glenn Beck. Recently, Glenn urged his groupies to leave any church that so much as hinted at social justice. These dens of iniquity are nothing short of communist hideouts.
Among those who jumped to Jesus’ defense, were progressive Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, Pastor Marty Duren, of the Southern Baptist Convention, and none other than Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University. It’s truly a miracle that these people would agree on anything.
If Glenn is correct, he’ll discover that heaven is a very lonely place: