Casting Out Devils

Speaking Conservative Truth to Evil-Doers

Rush Limbaugh — Christian Enough?

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I have listened to Rush off and on since 1992.  He is almost prescient in his ability to “read between the lines” of political speech and motives.  (He had Bill Clinton pegged long before people realized his lack of character, and likewise Obama.)  He is a cultural Conservative and cultural Christian by heritage and deeply heartfelt values, attributes he shares with his hero, Ronald Reagan.  His values come from that heritage, not the desire to be famous or make a lot of money (for that, he could have gone the Bill Maher route and been much more popular).  The fact that he has been able to do both is what has made him prosper.

His forte is speaking out what fellow Conservatives already think, hence the common greeting that evolved, “Dittos.”

Yes, to newbies Rush comes off as pompous, but that is part of his schtick that frequent listeners understand.  He is the consummate gentleman to any reasonable individual who calls or meets him.  Many if not most of his notorious statements are what he calls “media tweaks,” which he knows will cause hysteria among the PC media.  He gets a kick out of thereby leading them by the nose, fully anticipating their reaction.

Is he born again?  I am not sure the mainline Protestant church heritage from which he comes even believes in that experience.  Salvation is by grace, not of works (Ephesians 2:9f.).  If one defines being a Christian by being active in church, guided by the Holy Spirit, showing spiritual fruit, etc., perhaps not.

Is he a friend to Christians and Christianity?  By intent, definitely.  By speech and actions, overwhelming, but admittedly not always.

One of the things that both Conservatives and Christians must learn, or relearn, today, is that the enemy of our enemy is our friend.  Another is that we ought not “bite and devour one another,” for envy, or any other petty, self-serving reason (Galatians 5:15).

©2012 Paul A. Hughes

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Written by biblequestion

March 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

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  1. I have listened to Rush for years now . Bottom line with him is Physical issues before Christin issues. If a politician is weak on social and value issues verses weak on taxes and spending issues Rush will support the more fiscally conservative candidate issues every time.

    mike

    November 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM


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