Glenn Beck on Thursday aired video from his recent round-table discussion with religious leaders at the border in McAllen, Texas, saying he will “never forget” the “incredible” conversation.
“We had just finished an emotional day seeing this humanitarian crisis [on the border] first-hand,” Beck explained, referencing his humanitarian trip to McAllen with Mercury One on July 19. “We were all feeling different things. We all come from different backgrounds, different creeds, different races, you name it. We saw children without their parents, begging people, ‘Please, just take me home.'”
Beck said “you can see it on the news all day long, but until you’re there, you can’t comprehend the size and scope of the problem.”
“We had just fed hundreds of children,” Beck said. “We were emotionally spent, and I brought everybody into a room and we sat together and had a conversation. And I said, ‘What did we just experience, and where do we go from here? What can we take from what we just saw? What was it that we all felt, and how is that we now take that and transfer that into something positive for the American people?'”
“It’s a conversation I will never forget, that I will always have with me,” Beck remarked. “And I hope, tonight, you will feel what I felt in that room.”
Beck was joined by religious leaders who have been serving in the area for years, as well as figures like Alveda King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and historian David Barton.
Many of the leaders emphasized the importance of not just speaking about God’s love, but demonstrating it.
Texas Pastor Stephen Broden remarked: “There is a biblical expectation for us to demonstrate the love of God, not in what we say, but in what we do. And what you did today, and these people who are gathered around this table … what we did was demonstrate what Christ would do in this moment.”
Beck asked those at the table: “How many people think that something beyond our current understanding happened today?”
Almost everyone raised their hands, saying, “absolutely.”
Jaime Gutierrez of Luz Para Las Naciones said in an impassioned speech that “we have to be people who come up with solutions.”
“We know what the problems are,” he said. “We have to realize that it’s God’s people who bring up the solutions. … We can’t expect somebody else to take care of these problems. I think that’s been the biggest problem.”
Gutierrez said the biggest “revival” of faith comes when people actually walk outside the walls of the church to help those in need, as Jesus did.
“We’re supposed to be that light,” he said. “It ain’t going to be our president. It ain’t going to be our governor. … We are going to make the difference. If our country, if our valley, if our city is going to go up to another level, it’s going to be because of people who believe in God who are willing to stand up and say, ‘Hey, this time, I’m not here to tell you what’s my problem. I’m here with a solution.'”
Historian David Barton said there are multiple instances in the Bible where people of faith have turned their backs on those in need, despite God’s warning not to turn your eyes or your heart from the suffering.
Barton said the only way people can ignore the children in need at the border is if they turn their eyes, and their “heart gets cold.”
“If you stare at that need, God will draw your heart into it and you will do something,” Barton said. “Your eyes lead your heart, and we’ve just been ignoring it.”
Jeanniene Lee, a Christian speaker, agreed, adding: “We need to fall on our faces and repent before God, asking for his mercy and forgiveness, because we have turned our backs on many people. And when you can turn your back on a child … your heart is stone and you need to wake up.”
She said everyone must ask God: “Show me my own heart … Am I a living epistle, or do I have an agenda?”
Robert Sanchez, a Texas pastor, said the country needs a religious revival, and “with all due respect” to his fellow religious leaders, “revival isn’t necessarily praying more at church.”
“We probably need to close our Sunday services and get out to the communities and not have church, but be the church,” he said.
Beck grew emotional while speaking about the horrific acts of brutality that children and families are facing at the hands of the drug cartels.
“What’s happening with the children and with all humans here is beyond understanding,” Beck said, choking back tears. “The evil on the other side, the evil of the cartels is overwhelming. Who can dump little children off in the middle of the woods? Who could dump a quadriplegic and leave him on the side of a river? How do we deal with the evil that is happening?”
Alveda King said “you overcome evil with good,” and the church is not just “four walls and a steeple.”
“We are not a people without hope,” she said. “Jesus did not shed his love for nothing. …Goodness and mercy are with us.”
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