Rush to judgment

So Rush Limbaugh is a drug addict. Imagine that. I’ll bet it won’t be long before we hear former presidents were womanizers. Or that priests and pastors… I wasn’t especially shocked by the news because the only pure and perfect people in my life are those who haven’t been caught yet. Unless there’s another one of God’s sons in the neighborhood, Paul was right: “All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” When someone as judgmental as Rush gets nabbed, it proves my suspicion that people who are always looking for what’s wrong with everybody else are hiding some pretty juicy stuff of their own. People like Rush miss His whisper, “What’s that I see in your eye?” I remember friends who insisted drug users as well as pushers should be locked up until the parousia. When you’ve got kids and see what the drug culture is doing to our country, it’s an appealing concept. But then their son got busted for selling LSD at a local college, and they changed their tune; asking me to call my friend on the bench to get him off the hook. Come to think of it, Rush may have had a remarkable conversion in the last week or so. He’s been extremely condemning of anyone who succumbs to temptations apart from his trumpeted values. When it comes to drug abuse, he’s said things like this: “The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river.” I’ll bet he’s really glad about now that some redemptively-minded people with jurisdiction over his crimes (buying and consuming) don’t subscribe to his previously articulated pharisaical myopia. Having said all of that, I’ve usually appreciated Rush’s conservative commentaries because he more often than not corresponds to the biblical Christianity, which I embrace and advocate; though, again, I have abhorred the absence of grace and categorically trashing tone of so many of his cruel pronouncements on particular personalities who must now be considered as “documentably” fallible as him. Let’s not rush to judgment. Let’s hope Rush learns some valuable lessons from the higher source during his 30-day rehab: “The measure you give will be the measure you get…Judge not lest you be judged in the same manner…If you forgive others, God will forgive you.” But if he comes back and continues to rush to judgment on others, the stench of hypocrisy will drive down his ratings with a speed rivaled only by Jimmy Swaggert’s show. It’s better to confess your humanity and depend upon divinity for judgment. Excusing my partisanship, I’m really, really, really thankful for Jesus, who is divine enough to overlook my humanity in the end. Dr. Robert Kopp is the pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Loves Park.

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