“I look at the things that are facing you today: the worst economy in generations, the euro on the road to collapse, we're spending ourselves into oblivion. We live in a time where you must have great courage; you must have great faith. We live in a time where it seems truth is on the run.”
These words are part of the speech Beck gave to graduates at Liberty University: words to live by, I believe.
Liberty University, the largest Christian Evangelical University in the world, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, gave Glenn Beck an honorary doctorate in humanities and scientists.
Beck delivered the commencement speech to 8,000 graduates, which included an audience of more than 20,000 family members and friends, on Saturday.
A Mormon, a recovering alcoholic, and a man who claims to be just like us, Glenn Beck is passionate about many things, and he is not afraid to show his emotions publicly. Unfortunately, that is what the media goes after every time he chokes up or gets emotional about a particular subject.
At one point, he broke down during the speech as he told the graduates that he felt it was "an act of courage" for the faculty to have him deliver the commencement speech. Beck also said he was not endorsing his faith, but an endorsement of his belief in Christ, encouraging the young men and women to "look to God and live", referring to the story in the Bible of Moses and the blatant serpent.
Surprised to learn he only attended one semester of college, he said that was all he could afford. I thought otherwise because he is so knowledgeable on the history of the United States and the Founding Fathers, and the Constitution.
I think that is part of what makes Glenn Beck so appealing to so many. He really is an average "Joe" who is wildly passionate about our country, and is not ashamed to let everyone know how much he admired the men who fought for its independence.
Pointing to Barack Obama's commecement speech a few weeks ago, where he warned the graduates not to pay attention to much of the news they might hear, Glenn Beck took the opposite position.
While President Obama told students not to believe all the negative things they hear about his administration, Beck tells Liberty University that it is their "God-given right" on a "Holy Spirit"-led search for truth wherever it might lead…." In essence, he tells them to decide for themselves, with guidance from God, if what they hear is the truth.
The media is twisting Beck's phrase, "shoot to kill" and twisting it to fit into the media's current trend of insinuating that the Tea Party Members are violent. Glenn Beck referred to tithing and to sharing their faith with others by using the phrase, "shoot to kill". Anyone who knows Beck knows that he meant not to give up until achieving victory in spreading the word, the truth about God.
Watch the video and listen to the story of a 'simple man' who has suddenly become the purveyor of truth and justice for patriotic Americans of faith. Because we do not currently have a man in the office of the Presidency behaving like a man who is supposed to lead, protect, and defend the country he leads, people are turning to Glenn Beck and others like him for encouragement, and most importantly, for the truth.