Posted by: thefourwinds | August 22, 2008

Strange Allies

It continues to boggle my mind every time I meet another professing Christian who thinks the world of either Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter (or both).  Neither of these two has ever struck me as someone who walks according to God’s Spirit (i.e., bearing the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23), and I’ve been forced to listen to both of them often enough (more often Rush).  They’re vulgar, and they come across as intentionally offensive, arrogant, and petty. 

Now, don’t misunderstand me.  I realize that a Christ-honoring believer will offend a lot of people, but the Bible doesn’t call us to offend people with our methods, demeanor, and language.  It simply displays Christ as the Rock of offense, and some people will be offended at us when He is living through us.  This is not the kind of offensiveness I see in Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.  Instead, I see (and hear) intentionally offensive demeanor and language. 

So, why do professing Christians continue to rally around these two conservative pundits (and others like them)?  Has visible Christianity in the American culture simply been replaced by conservative politics and the pettiness and positioning that is part and parcel of the entire political process (how’s that for an alliterative sentence?!)?  Unfortunately, I believe this is the case.  Here’s why:

Almost any time I discuss God and the Bible with friends of mine who either profess a different faith or vehemently profess to be atheists (which, despite what they may say, is a faith all its own), the conversation almost always (sometimes immediately) steers around to the current Iraq war and President GW Bush.  Since when did GW Bush become the representative for Christianity?  Maybe you think he is a great president, or maybe you think he’s a lousy president (or somewhere blandly in the middle).  I, for one, would love to see Ron Paul as the next president.  But one thing is for sure:  Bush is not God’s anointed spokesman on earth.  Last time I read the Bible, Jesus was (and still is) God’s spokesman on earth (Hebrews 1:1-2).  And Jesus, the Living Word, was around way before Bush was (John 1:1-2).  So why do non-Christians always make Bush (whether for him or against him) the point of contention?

Maybe it’s because the professing Christians in the US have spent far too much time worshiping at the altar of politics instead of before God’s throne.  Once you lose the perspective of God as truly sovereign over His creation, it’s only a matter of time before everything becomes our responsibility.  And if we see saving this world as ultimately our responsibility, it’s easy to get distracted away from our real mission:  making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).

So, what’s your mission, making disciples or making mega dittoheads?

Advertisements

Responses

  1. wow, excellent post.

  2. Solagratia82,

    Hey, thanks!

  3. Right on! I love it Greg!

  4. Thanks Tony!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: