Archive for September, 2010

Beck vs. Sharpton

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

So, Glenn Beck held a rally for the purpose of reclaiming honor in America, and here are some highlights from it: 

- It was attended by about a half-million people. 

- It was attended by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, as well as by pastors, rabbis, and imams. 

- It was attended by entire families. 

- The themes were honor, God, prayer, unity, diversification, faith, hope, and love. 

- It was clearly not a political rally. 

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s own niece spoke at the rally. 

- There was neither any violence nor a single arrest. 

So, what did the Rev. Al Sharpton think about this display of virtues such as God, prayer, honor, unity, faith, hope, and love?  He trashed it.  He held his own march where most of the speakers were civil rights activists, and it was not well-attended.  Despite the monumental changes we’ve seen in civil rights since Dr. King’s speech 47 years ago, the theme of Sharpton’s rally seemed to continue to be that certain groups need preferential treatment, so there’s no room for any of that unity, honor, or love stuff. 

Rev. Sharpton should be ashamed of himself.  Rather than trashing the Beck rally, he should have just remained silent .  Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.”  Sharpton needs to learn how to be proactive and positive about his own endeavors, without being a political activist who is always on the attack against anyone who is promoting civil rights in ways slightly different than the way he’s promoting them.