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Need more Gospel

I work during the day, so I seldom hear Rush Limbaugh’s program which airs (oddly) during working hours.  But I happened to hear him ranting about the murder of our ambassador in Libya and accusing the president of lying about it. He made a fairly convincing case that the CIA had already told the president that Al Queda was responsible, yet Obama and his aides continued to play the theme that a video was to blame for the whole affair.

Rush was clearly upset that this is all very well known, but the scandal just can’t get any traction.  There should be pitchforks and torches on the White House lawn, yet people are still watching TeeVee and yawning.

Here’s the problem: America has built a society well described by Isaiah,

the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores.

Ours is a society in which whole subcultures derive their political and financial subsistence from slaying the unborn.  For millions in our society a promise means nothing.  Easy divorce, rampant bankruptcy, widespread corruption in the financial industry, a massive welfare state with tens of millions who could work and do not, the general expectation that all politicians lie — these are all of a piece.

To angrily accuse the president of lying about four dead in Benghazi is to assume what isn’t so, which is that people care.  True, some do.  But voters who care only about an Obamaphone and getting free birth control are incapable of understanding why having a liar in the White House might matter.  They know the game: It does not matter what politicians say.  The equation has only one variable in it: If our side wins, we get free stuff.

Doug Wilson is fond of saying that religion forms culture, and culture trumps politics.  Nowhere is that more obviously true than in this latest scandal.  The average American hears you denouncing the president for lying and thinks it’s about like standing in the landfill and complaining about all the garbage.

America needs the Gospel in order for moral arguments to make sense.  The cross shows why righteousness matters.  Without that, people just don’t get it, and their souls rise no higher than Obamaphones.  There is no political solution to spiritual problems.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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