jim lowe & glenn beck

Pastor Jim Lowe & Glenn Beck

*The anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech may be months away, but the spirit of the occasion is already present with  Glenn Beck receiving an invitation from a black pastor to speak at a church in Birmingham.

ishop Jim L. Lowe, pastor of Guiding Light Church, has invited the TV personality to come to the event, which will be held on August 28, the anniversary of the speech. The appearance will be part of Beck’s “Never Again is Now” campaign, an effort designed to raise money to help with relief efforts in the Middle East. The campaign’s goal is to raise $2 million.

“It is about the church standing together, to be unified, not divided, out of concern about things going on in the world,” Lowe told theGrio.

“I believe it’s time for the church to speak out. It’s about what God says it’s true, not what’s politically correct.”

“What he’s trying to do is rally support over the next couple months over injustices in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, or Libya, to speak out and make a difference,” Lowe stated.

Although the anniversary will focus on the importance of the “I Have a Dream” speech, Beck’s appearance is likely to trigger discussion on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

“Why isn’t the church speaking out?” Beck asked.

“Hatred never accomplishes anything,” Lowe said. “Violence never accomplishes anything. The message of Christ is a message of love.”

Lowe’s decision to invite Beck to the anniversary celebration may ruffle some feathers. Nevertheless, the pastor cited the small screen personality being a Christian as his motivation for reaching out to him as well as them agreeing on various things like the supremacy of scripture in solving worldwide problems.

“When it comes down to the supremacy of the word of God, I march lockstep with him,” Lowe said. “I’m willing to stand with him. If a person accepts Jesus Christ, that makes him my brother.”