Missouri slavecatcher Rush Limbaugh has revealed something very important to us in showing us how deeply he lacks decency, kindness or reason. Some of us have known this all along, including (if I may say so) myself, but till now, how many were listening? I knew this ever since I was one of the anti-Falwell demonstrators outside the City Line Marriott (since torn down) in November 1981. Back then, I would've liked to ask the preacher, "If our common Master hung with prostitutes, tax collectors and other sinners, why are you here with the scribes and Pharisees?" Anyhow, Mr. Hawgjowls Limbaugh has made it plain to us: it is the spirit of the scribes and Pharisees that now completely dominates the Republican party. It is the spirit of the elder brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). It is actually a spirit that wants to tell God He isn't fair in having the sun rise on the good and the evil or in having the rain fall on the just and the unjust. And they use an all-too-human way of determining who's who which boils down to this: Look like us, good. Not look, speak or act like us, evil. Put money in MY pocket, good. Take money out, evil. Get us exclusive earthly power, good. Compel us to share it, evil. The way they act could hardly be further from the behavior of Jesus while he walked the earth or from the God Whose nature Jesus shows and of which he speaks. Maybe something in them knows this--which is probably why public 'devotionals' matter so much to them and why I wonder how long has it been since any of them read Matthew 6:5-8 or Matthew 7:21 or Isaiah 29:13: 'This people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.' It certainly is, Rushie, it certainly is.
If any of today's scribes and Pharisees had either the Spirit of God or a heart which honestly seeks the Lord, wouldn't they understand that the Way comes down to right relation in all aspects of our individual lives and collective life? To do justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with our God--that is, in awareness of how little we can know of God in this life? To put our relationship(s) with God foremost and thereby learn how to rightly relate to our fellow humans and our fellow-beings with whom we share this planet? And to have an inkling of the right-relatedness within the Triune Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Some will say that we cannot know what is within God, and they're mostly right, but I suggest the Trinity is a glimpse of the flow of love within God. Then that love flows out to us and all creation while it teaches us how, and invites us, to participate.
Neither slavecatcher Rush nor any for whom he speaks could have any inkling of this--and sorry little, if any, of God's Spirit. If they did, they could not be so ruled by such an evil killjoy of a spirit--one that wants us all to pay for any joy in our lives with ten times the sorrow and/or bile of bitterness! A spirit bitter, crabbed and ungenerous that roused Dickens, when he saw it, to righteous wrath! A spirit which wants to take as much enjoyment from our lives as it can, and make our joy directly proportionate to enriching its masters, already bloated with excess of earthly wealth, still further!
We must make this Limbaugh's Joe McCarthy moment. We already know he, and his minions, have no sense of decency. Hence, there's no question to ask, but only to repeat the statement of fact to ClearChannel's advertisers until they all pull their ads and compel ClearChannel to pull this loathsome slug who's polluted the airwaves, and our political culture, for far too long. And let the other purveyors of toxic talk take notice and, like the demons on hearing Christ's name, shudder.