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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Dear Glenn,

This letter has changed a lot. It was meant for you and now I see it was meant for someone else. But first, let me say I like you a lot. I’ve attended your Fathom events in theaters. I love your humor, honesty, and that you get choked up. I love that you’ve struggled in life. We have a lot in common.

In my first try, I challenged you to do what you have called us to do, which is look at the truth. The whole “things may get worse before they get better when we search for truth” was something I wanted you to do. I don’t think you have done that with your faith, but now the emphasis of this letter has changed.

You see, the gathering at the Lincoln Memorial was such a microcosm to me of what’s wrong with me. With the church. The true body of Christ. What happened there has been a huge wake-up call because though what you called for was ambitious, it falls so far short of what God can do in us and through us. God has given us spiritual dynamite. It’s called the gospel. It’s the fact that Jesus, the Messiah, who was God in human flesh, fully human, fully divine, stepped out of heaven, made himself nothing, and became a servant, obedient even to the cross. His blood was given as the perfect sacrifice and it’s the only way you and I have to be made right with God. Because God rose him from the dead, we can have new life. We can live with the power he gives and not rely on our own.

Your rally showed me how much we try to reach for match sticks or firecrackers instead of the dynamite. And I don’t blame you for your efforts. In fact, I applaud your desire to have our nation move toward God and honor and charity, hope, and faith. But no matter how much steam the movement picks up, appeals to the civil religion can never have the power that God really intended.

God took 12 men who were unlearned, like yourself, and he turned the world upside down. It wasn’t through politics. It wasn’t through their persuasiveness. It wasn’t through their star power. And it wasn’t because they loved their country more than others. It wasn’t because they had a show on Fox. They turned the world upside down because of the message they had—that people can find freedom from their sin. They don’t have to be slaves to it anymore. They can have a relationship with God through the mediator, who is Christ Jesus.

I’m not angry at the black robes behind you. I think they believe they’re doing the right thing. But linking arms with and advancing a movement that is like a sparkler compared to an atomic bomb will only succeed in the short term. The gospel changes people for eternity.

If the Apostle Paul were to walk among us today I don’t think he would talk with you first. I think he would look at me, at Christians. He wouldn’t talk about the Constitution. He wouldn’t talk about the faith of George Washington. He would ask this: “What part of the resurrection don’t you get?” That event changed everything. It was a spiritual atomic bomb.

I’ll vote, I’ll work with my neighbors to stand for life, for truth, and feeding the hungry and clothing the poor. We are told to take care of widows and orphans. But Jesus also sent us out to proclaim the news that is powerful enough to change hearts from the inside out. That’s the only kind of change that will last. That is the fundamental change we need in our society, in our world.

So I’ve come to see that my problems with you and your beliefs are not really why I’m so passionate about this subject. I thought it was about the unequal yoking of believers with those who don’t believe. I thought it was your calling for us to return to whatever God we choose that was my biggest problem. But as it turns out, and as it always does, it’s my heart that needs to turn the right way.

John 17:3 says “And this is life eternal, to know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” Paul says in Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…”

I believe God wants a revival in the hearts of his people. And I think he wants to do more than restore honor for the short term. And that’s not going to happen unless His people repent, turn from lesser pursuits, and get right with him.

Thanks Glenn, for making this clearer to me. And I pray you will come to know and understand the truth about who God really is and how great his love was and is for you.

Sincerely,
Chris Fabry

4 comments:

Kenneth Leon Martin said...

While I agree with every word you wrote, I would remind you that even the largest forest fire started with just a spark.

Throughout church history, revival, or change of any kind, always started with a single person speaking out. Many of these men had their own problems, such as Luther, and later Calvin. Jacobus Arminius was denounced as a heretic, even.

Mar 9:39 But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.
Mar 9:40 For he who is not against us is on our side.

I am by no means saying Glenn is preaching the Gospel, but he has people thinking about God again, and that is always a good thing.

Love and grace,
Leon Martin

Marianne said...

You so appropriately wrote to Glenn and others who appear to say the "right" things. when he spoke at Liberty during our sons graduation i found it easy to get caught up in the hype of who he is, NOT what our Lord has done for us. You put my thoughts and fears of what is happening to the "church"
into a great open letter to a human who i pray for that he comes to faith in Jesus.
God Bless you Chris and your family

Anonymous said...

You did well in expressing yourself to Glenn Beck. We watch Glenn regularly. We are Christians. It bothers me that he speaks of God generically. I know he's Morman and doesn't get it about the Cross and The Blood of Christ. I know he's trying to tell ppl about a "better way" and I applaud him for that, but I can't say it any better than you did in your open letter to him. I applaud you for that, as well. Our Hope and our Peace is in Christ Jesus and what He did for us on the Cross. Christians know that. I'm wondering if it's a FOX NEWS strategy, to keep God generic, in order to stay out of the cross-fire RE: Christianity. I agree w/ you in prayer that Glenn Beck will come to know the Truth about our Lord and Savior. I think he would make a very passionate teacher, once he gets the focus in the right place. I enjoy your radio talk show and try to listen as often as I can. Thank you Chris! Julie from Lewiston, Idaho

Mrs.B said...

WOW.
Tell us what you really think Chris! Just kidding! I like Glen Beck, but I understand where you are coming from as well.