Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rush Limbaugh on Obama: "I Want Him to Fail"

Rush Limbaugh's comments have been making it around the news services and blogosphere like a wildfire. His words seem sensationalistic and factious.His phrase, "I want [Obama] to fail", however, has been taken out of context.

In his interview with Sean Hannity, Limbaugh actually formed a clear context for his words. He said,
If he does not eliminate the Bush tax cuts, I would call that success. So yes, I would hope he would succeed if he acts like Reagan, but if he's going to do FDR, if he's going to do the new, new deal all over, which we will call here the raw deal, why would I want him to succeed? . . .I think the intent [of a far left, $2 trillion stimulus] is to create as many dependant Americans as possible looking to government for their hope and salvation.

Limbaugh continues,
If he gets nationalized health care, I mean, it's over, Sean. We're never going to roll that back. That's the end of America as we have known it because that's then going to set the stage for everything being government owned, operated, or provided. Why would I want that to succeed? I don't believe in that. I know that's not how this country is going to be great in the future, it's not what made this country great. So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far-left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?

Rush said nothing within the context that was sensationalistic, or out of character for a person of strong conviction to say of an opponent. He said nothing against Barack Obama personally, he said nothing evil about his racial background. Rush Limbaugh kept the talk to policies. And he's absolutely right!

When we nationalize things that people require (health care, medicine, banking, food, travel, etc.) we set up a reliance on the government to solve our problems. Anyone who has visited the DMV, the unemployment office, or other government programs, can tell tell you that they are models of inefficiency and poor service. You become a number within the system and will have to navigate your own way through that system. You are at the government's mercy.

Is this what we want for ourselves and our children? Once we travel down this road, as Rush Limbaugh said, its all over. When has the government ever, willingly, given up territory or programs after it took them over? Once our necessities are nationalized, they will stay that way, barring civil war.

Our nation is full of scared people right now. They are worrying about their collective future. But what do they turn to in their time of distress? Unfortunately, Darwinism has had its affect on our culture. We no longer look to God but to humanity to save us from trouble. Rather than humbling ourselves as a nation and praying for help, being willing to do the hard work it will take to get out of the sinful mess we've made, we look to the government to give us handouts so that we will not have to change our actions. What a miserable situation we've made for ourselves.

Christians, this is the time to wake up! This is the time to shake-off apathy and sin. This is the time to stop living like the rest of the world and looking to Barack Obama (or any man) to save us. This is finally the time to show what we stand for, if indeed we stand for it. Don't look to Obama, look to Christ! Don't look for a handout, work! Work for no money if you have to. Give freely of what you have, rather than hoarding it away from others. Do not compartmentalize your morality and your business practices. Do not compartmentalize your compassion and your work. Work for Jesus Christ. Work for your heavenly, not earthly, reward! These tough times are when the Church can and should shine brightest.

Here are some considerations from another "thought-leader,"

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19-21)

[D]o not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:31-34)

[A]nyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. (Mark 9:41)

[O]n this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matt. 16:18)

The question is, again like Rush Limbaugh implied, what do you believe? Do you believe that God is all-powerful? Do you believe that Christ will care for his flock? Do you believe that it is not money but faith that will sustain you? Then we must act like it. We must "act faith."

[F]aith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that -- and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone . . . As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:17-26)

We must live out our faith in the world so unbelievers may see it. Time is of the essence. If we nationalize our necessities, the government will say who gets them, and our government is largely made of fallen unbelievers. Should we trust them to take care of us? Christian, "act faith." Show our neighbors that we have little need for government intervention. Learn to trust your Savior and point others to him. And may the machinations of our government, as they are opposed to godly thinking, always fail.

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