My mind was in a million places yesterday, so I had a hard time following Beck. I also–for the first twenty-five minutes or so–felt this overwhelming sense of having heard it all before, and what did it matter, and can’t you just make me laugh, Glenn? But as he was speaking with his guest, Phil Kerpen, Beck showed us his chalkboard.

I swear, I retained nothing from the show last night except the image of that chalkboard. I don’t think I even heard what Beck and Kerpen said about all of the names and organizations Beck had written on the board. All night I thought about this image. It was incredible. There were names of individuals who are undoubtedly radical, and then names of the different organizations they founded and/or were involved with. Beck had drawn arrows connecting groups and people and ideas. It was just incredible!

But what seared the image into my mind was the realization that everything and everyone gets buried. How can we, as a People, hope to unravel the massive web of organizations that change names and evolve and branch out? How can we honestly look at the people behind the organizations when we are lost in the shuffle of where and who and what the organizations themselves are?

That is the game, isn’t it? If you weave in and out, run around and around, speak fast enough, then those who challenge you will grow dizzy and frustrated and stop questioning you.

It sounds familiar, actually. It sounds exactly like the anti-theist approach. Out-talk, out-smart, out-criticize, out-google your opponent, and leave them to wallow in the settling dust of your fury. Amazing. Do we seriously think that we win in this manner?

Here is what I read last night:

…Judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.   1 Corinthians 4:5, NIV

In the end, the Truth will prevail. Who can hide? Who can bury the facts? God knows. God sees. You cannot confuse Him.

Pax Christi.


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