I am so thankful that my daughter has no clue what’s going on in social media right now.
I am thankful she is oblivious, blissfully unaware of the misdirected anger of so many who claim Christ.
I am thankful she will only read about this day, this period in history, in books.
Let me start by saying, I don’t like to dive into politics on this platform. It’s a place dedicated to sharing about how God is working in my marriage, my motherhood, and in every aspect of my life. It’s my little corner of the internet where I process how to live in light of being undeservedly loved by Jesus. And if I didn’t think that this week mattered in light of that mission, I wouldn’t say anything about it.
This week, my newsfeed has erupted with anger–even hysteria–over Nancy Pelosi ripping up the State of the Union address.
But all the while, none of those people have called out the fact that Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The highest civilian honor there is.
A man who has been quoted saying, “The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
“[Black people] are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?”
“Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.”
Those are just the quotes I could beyond a shadow of a doubt verify. But no doubt, he is on record saying even more horrendous things. From saying that MLKJ’s murderer should be given a medal to talking cavalierly about slavery and the years of injustice written into law, this is a man who has built his career on the belittling of people made in the image of God.
And most of my facebook friends are outraged over the tearing of a few pieces of paper.
Paper that represents a speech, yes. But does that speech live into eternity? Was that speech knit together in God’s image?
No. People are.
People who have been repeatedly disparaged in Limbaugh’s radio microphone were watching on Tuesday night and they are watching our social media feeds. They are looking at the screen and asking, “Do these people who claim to love God’s image care that it is being disgraced over and over again? And it comes from the mouth of a man called the ‘greatest of civilians.'”
Can I be honest? If I had been in the room, if I had a copy of that speech, I would have been tempted to rip it up too.
Because the actions of our President communicated something that truly should outrage us: we honor those who speak flippantly of image bearers (James 3).
Who our leaders choose to support matters.
Who we choose to support matters.
It matters what we choose to speak outrage over.
It matters what people see from us on Facebook.
Christians, our children see what you choose to shout from the rooftops and what you choose to ignore. They are paying attention to what we care about, to the issues we choose to champion and the issues we let rot in the dark.
Christians, unbelievers see. They see you tout “defending the defenseless” while also defending prejudice. Defending the indignant. They see you. They see that you’re choosing to be partisan on issues that will last into eternity.
So if you’re going to be outraged over Pelosi, if you’re going to call her disrespectful and childish and a disgrace to our country, can you not at least call Limbaugh out, too?
Would you open your eyes to who exactly our President is choosing to honor?
It matters that I have seen maybe one Christian call this out. It matters that I’ve seen hundreds so infuriated over paper. An “official” copy of a finite speech.
If we claim to be living in light of the gospel, if we claim to represent Jesus who spent thirty-three years speaking against systems of oppression, loving those who were unloved by the world, and welcoming people into His kingdom, we must live that reality in every aspect of our lives. Everything we support. Even politics.
Believers, please. You know God. You know His goodness. You know His gentleness, His loving-kindness. You know how He dealt with people and you know how He feels about the ruthless. Can we fight to stand for the same things? Can we do that regardless of party lines?
The post you share speaks. The words you say speak.
The words you don’t say? Perhaps those speak, too. Perhaps they speak the loudest.
…For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
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For clarity, Rush Limbaugh was recently diagnosed with end stage cancer. It is not my hope or goal to disparage him as a human being, but to vehemently oppose his platform as it does disparage people. Will you join me in praying for him? Praying that if he is not a follower of Jesus, that he might become one. Praying that if he is, he would repent of the words he has said? Praying that either way, God would use a story of transformation to bring many into His kingdom.
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