Glenn Beck on Tuesday shared with his radio audience a quote he found so profound, he wrote it on the front page of his Bible: "If everybody I know loves Jesus, I don't know enough people."
Beck said the name "Jesus" can be replaced with any other name, adding: "If everybody I know loves me, I don't know enough people. If everybody I know voted against this president, I don't know enough people!"
Beck returned from his summer vacation on Tuesday, and said he has realized that "the challenge of our generation" may be reaching out to those we disagree with and trying to "heal the divide."
"If we're going to be the greatest American generation, we may not be that by landing on the beaches someplace," Beck remarked. "We may be the greatest American generation for doing something that none of us want to do, and that is, reach out to one another and try to heal the divide. And I don't think that we are as far apart as we think we are."
Beck said there are certainly those like Bill Ayers who "want to see the destruction of the United States of America," but the average Democrat voter who lives down the street does not share those beliefs.
"There are those people who are enemies, foreign and domestic, to the Constitution of the United States," Beck said. "But the average guy down the street is not him. ... And if we don't start connecting to one another, it only grows out of control from here. We have a very short period of time, an extraordinary opportunity to be people of light, to be a beacon of hope and courage."
Beck proceeded to remind his audience of the story of the good Samaritan, saying: "That guy crossed the road, and came over -- think of that, crossed the road, went to the other side -- and helped him, and fed him, and clothed him and brought him to an inn. And then visited him!"
"We have to heal the divide. Blessed be the peacemakers. Please, hear me on this," Beck said. "We are the Samaritan. We're commanded to be the Samaritan!"
Beck said people would be shocked to hear of some of the friends he's making, and how both sides are finding that they don't disagree on nearly as much as they thought.
"Mark my words: I have said things and made predictions on this program, and I know the difference between me and [God]," Beck said. "And let me tell you, this is not coming from me. This is a global movement. You will be a source of light, of hope and encouragement for all the world to see. But it's going to require us doing hard things, and being the absolute best person."
"You may not want to do it, but we have to," Beck concluded.
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