By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
My theme is “Valuable lessons from Rush Limbaugh.” I only listen to Rush for a few minutes at a time, when I’m driving somewhere, which usually is a short distance. I share many of his political views, but object to how he sometimes says things in crass ways.
The idea for this posting came to mind some months ago (it is now October, 2013), when Rush told his radio audience about growing up in the Limbaugh household. What he said explains how Rush came to be the man he is today. He said that when he was young and still living at home, the same thing happened at every evening meal when the family ate together. The family would have a discussion about politics, and his father would tear the democrats to shreds. And what has been the long-term result? Rush has spent his life tearing the democrats to shreds.
What can we learn from this? How does it apply to us? First, we learn that when children grow up hearing their parents frequently speak against others, the children are almost certainly going to do the same thing. And they might not even be mature enough to think through the subjects themselves. They simply are echoes of their parents’ opinions, right or wrong.
Second, if children grow up being frequently criticised by their parents, it will take a lifetime to overcome what they have been exposed to, if they ever do overcome the constant criticism. (Fortunately, Rush did not grow up this way.)
Third, if spouses frequently criticise one another, it will be very harmful to their relationship. And, it will have a very negative affect on their children who hear it.
Fourth, if parents have a habit of finding fault with the church they attend, and the pastors of the church, it will have a bad affect on their children.
Fifth, if Bible-believing preachers and authors frequently speak and write against others, and especially if they do so against other Christians, it will do more harm than good. Non-Christians will see us as examples of those who attack those who are friends of the Bible and Jesus Christ. Sure, there are times when we must call a Christian to account for misleading others. But to make this a main aspect of one’s ministry is not good.
Sixth, those whose ministries are known for frequently exposing the errors of Bible-believing Christians set themselves up for a major legitimate criticism: they act as if they have no faults of their own, and as if they have the final word on most, if not all, doctrinal points.