Beck Caesarea 311.
(photo credit: George Lange)
The solutions to the problems of our times are not within the reach of political
leaders, rather divinity, US pundit Glenn Beck told nearly 3,000 enthusiastic
followers in the Caesarea Amphitheater on Sunday night, at the opening event of
his four-day Restoring Courage rally.
“I’ve spent the last few years
trying to find solutions for what is happening in the world,” he said on the
backdrop of the pillars of the grand stage. “While there may not be a political
solution, the good news is the God of Abraham ain’t running for office,” he said
to loud applause. “Be not afraid, know who he is, know his face, know that he is
a God of covenants and miracles. We are leaving the age of man-made miracles of
spacecraft, and we are entering the age of the miracles of God.”
pleasant evening wind carried the gentle fragrance of the adjacent Mediterranean
Sea to the audience in the ancient outdoor theater, the dozens of buses that
brought them to the northern city lined up impeccably and awaiting their return
in the parking lot like Roman legions. The group of nearly 2,000 Christians who
flew in especially for Beck’s event, most of them Americans, will attend an
event Monday in memory of the Holocaust, with the grand finale of the tour being
the Wednesday Restoring Courage event, to take place near the Western
Beck addressed the sensitivity of the Christian Evangelist love to
Israel and Jews, which many shy away from in suspicion.
“There is a
2,000-year-old flinch of the Jewish people, when someone says I love you; I’d
imagine the Jewish people at first would say thank you.”
he said. But
over the years, Christian love of Jews and their desire to bring them to the
truthful beliefs cost too many lives.
“It’s not just the Holocaust, it’s
happened over and over again,” said Beck. “There’s an important distinction of
saying I love Israel, I defend Israel, and not separating that from the Jewish
people. Make sure to say not that we only love Israel, but we love the Jewish
people as they are.”
One Jew not afraid of contemporary Christian love is
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Efrat’s chief rabbi, who is active in Jewish-Christian
dialogue. “He is the reason I had hope, because he reached back and didn’t
question, just heard love and that is good enough for him,” Beck said of Riskin,
who was instrumental in making Beck believe he could pull off the
“For close to 2,000 years we were persecuted by the church,
suffered wars at the hands of the church,” Riskin said. “Now, despite the fact
we are different, Jews and not Christians, who respect Jesus as a Jewish teacher
and not as god – you Christians have the courage to love us in our otherness. We
are grateful to your courage to love us, stand by us, in the time of our grave
need and danger, as rockets fall on southern towns.”
Pastor John Hagee,
head of Christians United for Israel, equated today’s Israel to West Berlin of
1963 when JFK gave his “Ich bin ein berliner” speech.
Like that part of
the city in the midst of Communism, “Israel is today a tiny island, an outpost
swimming in a sea of tyranny. I stand here with a strong message, at this
difficult juncture in history – please know that what I say now is shared by
multiple Christians – ani yisraeli – I am an Israeli,” Hagee said, the crowd
chanting with him.
Beck also addressed the controversy over his visit
here, which is being frowned upon by politicians from the Left.
said we’re going to bring chaos, mayhem,” in the Wednesday rally, close to the
Temple Mount, “and I thought- it’s the Middle East, how would you know?” “We
don’t bring chaos and mayhem,” he said in a more serious tone. “No, we bring
truth, we bring peace, we bring support, we bring comfort. Let our actions this
week and from here out – let the Jewish people know, no matter what our
governments say – we are not our governments, we stand with you.”
wonderful,” beamed Marie Conforto, who came from San Diego, California along
with her husband, Dennis.
“I really enjoyed it. And I can’t wait for
Wednesday, it sounds like it’s going to be phenomenal.”