Last week I was driving somewhere and overheard Rush Limbaugh reading something that sounded remarkably like a passage from Matthew 23:13-33 where Jesus was talking to the pompous, self-righteous leaders of his day. The difference was that the rendition Limbaugh was reading had been modified just a bit to fit perfectly the corrupt Leftists in congress.
Over the weekend, I looked up what I had heard and found that it comes from an Oct. 31, 2010 column by Frank Turek. The whole column is definitely worth reading, but this is the part that caught my attention:
Woe to you, egotistical hypocrites! You are full of greed and self-indulgence. Everything you do is done for appearances: You make pompous speeches and grandstand before these TV cameras. You demand the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats wherever you go. You love to be greeted in your districts and have everyone call you “Senator” or “Congressman.” On the outside you appear to people as righteous, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness! You say you want to clean up Washington, but as soon as you get here you become twice as much a son of hell as the one you replaced!
Woe to you, makers of the law, you hypocrites! You do not practice what you preach. You put heavy burdens on the citizens, but then opt out of your own laws!
Woe to you, federal fools! You take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, but then you nullify the Constitution by confirming judges who make up their own laws.
Woe to you, blind hypocrites! You say that if you had lived in the days of the Founding Fathers, you never would have taken part with them in slavery. You say you never would have agreed that slaves were the property of their masters but would have insisted that they were human beings with unalienable rights. But you testify against yourselves because today you say that unborn children are the property of their mothers and have no rights at all! Upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed in this country. You snakes! You brood of vipers! You have left this great chamber desolate! How will you escape being condemned to hell!
The point Turek was making with his column is that Christians had better quit allowing immoral Leftists lead them around by the nose and tell them what Christians should or shouldn’t be doing–when they themselves have made careers and lifestyles of deliberately doing the opposite of what Christ has told us to do.
How will sinners know that the things they are doing are wrong, unless someone who knows the difference tells them? And if there are those among their leaders who are misleading them into the jaws of Hell, how will they know the difference unless you denounce the immoral teachings of these leaders? Your silence in the face of these immoral teachings and policies is tantamount to acquiescence or agreement with them!
If you are a Christian, you should come to terms with the fact that being a good Christian doesn’t mean you remain silent when God’s standards are being mocked around you, and it doesn’t mean you are to timidly hope that the meek will indeed inherit the earth while the earth is going to Hell in a handbasket. You are called to be salt and light in a dark and decaying world–you CANNOT do that if you are believing the liberal lie that Christians are supposed to shut up and stay out of politics.
And if you are a pastor, that goes double for you. While the tax code provision inserted into law by Senator Lyndon Johnson in 1954 is unconstitutional, the question of whether it is or isn’t shouldn’t be slowing you down in the slightest. As Turek said in his column, “You’re called to be salt and light, not tax-exempt.”