Rush Limbaugh and the Feminazis
The term “feminazi” is an insult ONLY if we choose to view it as an insult! Another way to think of it as a badge of honor. If you read the preceding article (pt. 1) you will understand the reason I’m making this claim. The attitude of the one on the receiving end of such an insult determines whether or not it will hurt them or heal them; offend them or embolden them! In this time of the cultural cold war in America we must find where our source of strength resides. When I saw the ceremony which awarded Rush Limbaugh the Congressional Medal of Freedom in front of his cheering compatriots I had a deep, sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. It was quite similar to the feeling the morning I awoke to my wife sobbing and telling me that Trump had been elected president. But the more I mulled things over this time, the better the perspective I was able to collect. The paradoxical reality resides in the fact that Rush Limbaugh’s name has been added to all the other people who are on the list. Among them are: Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou and Bill Gates. This, for me was the hardest pill to swallow… at first.
Once I had contemplated this awhile, however, a bigger version of this event began to dawn on me. I realized that many eyes and hearts were witnessing what was taking place, both in the House chamber and millions of people watching at home. Added to this list of witnesses are hosts of angels sitting in the heavenly bleachers; among those found there, undoubtedly were Mother Teresa and Maya Angelou. Also watching was Jesus and His loving heavenly Father. Many, many eyes were watching from an eternal perspective.
One of the fallacies in the traditional Christian view is the unspoken but strongly implied belief that once a person passes on into the next life, they suddenly become someone else. This other someone is no longer vested in or concerned with the worldly matters they had going on as a mortal human. This doesn’t track as being true on any level, especially if that soul was especially creative, active and involved in things on earth. Before she died I saw Maya Angelou on Oprah Winfrey’s afternoon talk show. On this show she shared an experience with us; it seems that Maya was hosting a party at her home and one of her guests had brought a personal friend with her to the party. At one point this person began making racial comments of sorts. Upon hearing the comments (after coming to grips with what she was hearing) Maya immediately invited the person to leave her house. Maya explained to Oprah and the viewers that this is what we must do as a civil, socially-responsible a community; we must challenge the lies, hate and prejudice in real-time, as it is happening, no matter where we are or what the circumstances are. As I was gathering my ideas for this article I remembered this show and Maya’s story. I realized that Maya Angelou, in her response to the guest in her home, was responding in exactly the same way as the main character (the king) did in the Parable of the Wedding Feast [Matt 22: 11&12].
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Referring back to part one of this two part article, I’m sure Nancy Pelosi as head of the House of Representatives (the people’s house) wished she could have approached Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump as well as many others in the chamber to ask them a few questions. “How did you get in here, friends?” then have them escorted out of the House. She wasn’t able to do that directly (like Maya was able to in her own house), she did, however send a clear message of denouncement by tearing up Trump’s speech!
Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister…‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. [Matt. 5: 22NIV]
This is Jesus speaking to a large group of disciples at an outdoor concert often referred to as “The Sermon on the Mount”. I want to close with this admonition from Jesus because what He’s describing here, referring to a brother or sister (a colleague or fellow American) as a fool is a serious offense. The one delivering the insult is in danger of hellfire. Pretty serious stuff! Name-calling, delivering insults, inferring that someone is a fool—that’s pretty muchwhat Rush Limbaugh does. It’s what Trump does. It’s their stock in trade! Maybe it’s time for the conservative Christians to take their fingers out of their ears and start listening to the counsel of Jesus Christ.