Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rush Limbaugh: "Put Yourself First."

There is a common idea among conservatives and capitalists and thus the idea has crept into American Christianity as well. This is a purely capitalist idea, and it says that greed is good because it allows people to make money and by making money the world is made right and we get all sorts of good stuff from it. They say that without greed we wouldn't have all the wonderful things we have today because no one would have had the impetus to go out there and do something. Thus we have all such things as cars and medicine and farms and other helpful and moneymaking enterprises.

So Limbaugh goes on this big rant where he says that you must put yourself first. If not, how would you have any money to give to charities and such (which he calls bloodsuckers by the way.) Greed is good, self interest is good, if you don't put yourself first, you cant help anyone else.

This is profoundly wrong and un-Jesus-like. This is why I am still out here telling Christians that they need to get away from conservatives. I'm not going to tell Christians to get away from liberals because it doesn't seem to be that big of a problem. But it is a problem on the conservative side. If Christians keep being lured in by the conservatives, they will indoctrinate them with this purely capitalist nonsense. I hear Christians I know already going this way. See the post below about taxes.

You see, Jesus was all about putting others first. Washing the disciples feet was the biggest example because he put himself in the place of a slave, the lowest there was. There is no rule that says that greed drives charity, it is the opposite in fact. The evidence of that is that this very day, lower income people give a greater percentage of their money to charity than upper income people. Look at Paul in the Bible, his main concern was preaching the Gospel, and he did that partly by working, making tents, but his occupation barely receives a mention. Why? Because his focus was spreading the Gospel, putting the work of Jesus and others before himself. Mother Theresa is another excellent example. She lived in poverty and by putting others ahead of herself, drew all sorts of money and aid and expanded her work far beyond what it would have been had she gotten rich and started a charity.

Greed is not good. Putting yourself first in order to help others is a ridiculous unchristian notion. It's pure nonsense, just like lowering taxes on the rich to create more jobs and more tax revenue. The world just doesn't work that way, and Christians must stop listening to people who lead them away from Jesus by pandering to their baser instincts. Greed is a sin, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Jesus and Paul said to put others before yourself, to act as though others were better than you. Be filled with humility and peace.

The facts show that the more you have, the more stingy you will be with it. I'm not telling you that you can't be rich or that you shouldn't try to gain wealth. If you have the opportunity, work hard at every thing you do and make a bunch of money. But the first fruits belong to God. His work is paramount. If you are a follower of Jesus, your goal in life should be to do his work. Or just as good, fund his work. If your goal is to get rich or die tryin', then you're not a follower of Jesus because to follow Jesus, you go where he went and that's not where he went.

Please, don't be a conservative, don't be a capitalist, don't be a republican, be a Christian. Be a follower of Jesus. Do like Jesus did, the pharisees essentially asked, "are you with Hillel (liberal) or Shammai (conservative)?" Jesus said neither, it was all about his father in heaven.



Anonymous said...

If Jesus said neither to being conservative or liberal and showing the real way to live. How then do you justify stating in your blog to not become a conservative or join the masses that stand under the republican/conservative banner. Liberals are just the same. Some are greedy and self-rightgeous while others are not. They like the conservatives will try and get THEIR views and policies to become the dominate ones, doing everything they can to make it happen legit or not. Jesus didn't act that way, he didn't say don't be a homosexual but a murderer is ok. Making people aware of what other groups beliefs actions are is fine but to say don't follow these people but hey these other people are ok in what they do is pure bias on your part. Rush L. Is a giant d-bag with a microphone and his views are askewed but in the same arena some liberals views are askewed and brodcasted out to willing ears also. If I sound like a d-bag sorry my ability to put my thoughts in writing were never good. I try to back up my arguments but some to most of the time I fail. Anyways if you don't understand my questions or points please let me know. Thanks!

Avid Reader

WiredForStereo said...

I can understand your sentiment, and I hope you get back to read this because I don't want you to leave with a bad taste in your mouth.

Please see the third paragraph: "I'm not going to tell Christians to get away from liberals because it doesn't seem to be that big of a problem."

I do say not to be a conservative, but I also say not to be a liberal, just not in this post.

I am saying don't follow these people, but at other times I say don't follow those people. You should read some older posts, it might be fun. My message has always been to follow Jesus, not conservatives, not liberals, not anyone or anything but Jesus.

It was just the push of this particular post not to be a conservative. I didn't say that you should be a liberal, and I never would.

WiredForStereo said...

Oh, and I never claimed to be without bias, I'm biased left right and center. I'm biased against anyone's message if it doesn't mesh with Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for replying! I never develope a bad taste with your blog. I understand now thanks again for helping clear away any questions.

Continue writing awesome stuff!!!!! Jesus all the way!!!!!

Heidi said...
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Anonymous said...

CRAP! I didn't mean to delete my comment! I was just going to change it to Anonymous! Crudola. I don't have time to re-do it.
Just know that it was amazing and challenging and glorious. Have a great week.


WiredForStereo said...

Well, since you obviously didn't mean to delete it, I'll repost it for you. (I can do that.)

"I am a conservative-capitalist-republican-Christian and I agree with everything you say! it doesn't have to be so divided that way. You can believe differently than yourself and still have the same views as Jesus. believe me, I could contort even the devil conservatives views to make them reflect my Jesus viewpoint like you do with the left.

and avid reader has a point... you are a little biased. like left-biased, not just Jesus biased. Whew. It's been awhile since I've been here!!! :)


PS I will check the "e-mail follow-up comments" box cause I'm sure you will have a great come-back. But I don't really have time to do the research for my logic so you have me in that department. I'm being lazy. But I'm also a good arguer- ask B- and really could make that argument, however impossible it may seem to you! lol! You guys need to come over and see our new digs sometime. it's so lame it's kind of cool. ;)"

WiredForStereo said...

It's unfortunate that you feel that I contort the views of the left to match with Jesus, because it's simply not like that. What I see in Jesus I find does not often match with the right. I don't like to pretend it matches with the left all that much either. Though it may be the case in some issues.

The problem I have is with American Christians who buy the slogans of the right while forgetting who they are first and foremost. I don't mind anyone being a conservative, but I do mind them fawning after guys like Rush, Glenn, and Hannity. Rush embodies few characteristics of a follower of Jesus, Glenn is a Mormon, and Hannity thinks that a good person is one who "believes in God and loves his country." I'm looking for Jesus people, not patriots.

The funny thing is, you're not the first conservative that thinks I'm left biased. Conservatives seem to have this "us and them" mentality, which I guess the far left has as well, but you can have your opinion, it bothers me less and less to be called something I'm not. You know me, I'm nobody's errand boy (other than Jesus that is.)

And the fact is, anyone who claims to be without bias is full of shit. One guy I was talking to was all adamant that Fox News was "fair and balanced." So I asked him "Who told you that, Fox News?" Because nobody else thinks so. Even your own eyes are biased, eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. So why exactly should I trust anyone who says they don't have any bias, in fact if they tell me that I'll call "bullshit" straight to their face. Remember what Jack Sparrow said, it's the honest ones you have to worry about. So, yeah, I am biased, the same way that if you look at the front of an ambulance the letters are backward and on the back they're straight. I can read them both ways as well as upside down. But they still say "Ambulance." I think maybe you should try using the term "point of view" instead of bias because it is a loaded word, and insinuates that I'm the one who's looking at it wrong. Just maybe you are.

P.S. I'd like to thank B. for turning me on to KPTK Seattle's Progressive Talk. You can listen live online via Iphone app AOL Radio or