And, Let Me, Richard Johnson, Do Jesus’ Light Work as Well as Remind You of His Heavy Work—His Purpose and His Promise.
Folks, let’s quickly bring you up to date. On Rush’s show Monday, He exposed the constant lie of the left that Jesus is a Marxist:
Grab audio sound bite nine. It’s Christiane Amanpour. A favorite tactic of the left, you know, when it suits them they’ll talk about Jesus Christ. When they can convince or try to convince everybody Jesus Christ was the patron saint of liberalism, then they will herald Jesus Christ. That’s what he’s good for as far as the left is concerned. He’s the first liberal, a great socialist, Jesus Christ. He knew who to punish. Jesus Christ knew it was the rich that were the targets. Jesus Christ stood up for the downtrodden. Jesus Christ stood up for the slothful. Jesus Christ knew. That’s how they cite Jesus Christ. And so yesterday morning on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour, she opened the show by saying this.
AMANPOUR: As Christians around the world celebrate Easter, we ask some of America’s most influential pastors. In these turbulent times, has America lost its way? Taxes and budget cuts. What would Jesus do?
RUSH: You know what the real question is, Ms. Amanpour and the rest of you who seek to co-opt Jesus Christ as simply another prop in your march toward the decline of America, the question is not what would Jesus do, the question is not what would Jesus cut, the question is what would Jesus take? That’s the question you never want to answer. That’s the question you never want to ask. Who would Jesus Christ cite as the enemies in the United States and the world today? Who would Jesus Christ decide they got too much and we’re gonna take it from ’em. You can try to co-opt Jesus Christ for your cause politically all you want, what would Jesus do? Has America lost its way?
No, Ms. Amanpour, it’s exactly on the path you and your friends in the media and your president have chosen, the path toward decline, right on schedule.
Taxes and budget cuts, what would Jesus do? Well, what would Jesus take? That’s the question people need to ask to put this in perspective. Of course the answer is, nothing. You want to start equating yourselves and your policies to Jesus Christ, you better first start asking, what did Jesus take, from whom, and how did he go about it? What was his plan for redistribution? Who were his targets? You want to be like Jesus Christ? You tell us. So there you have it, the age of America nears an end, and it says here that IMF dropped a bombshell and nobody noticed. A lot of people have noticed and are noticing, and they’re doing everything they can to stop it, pure and simple.
O’Donnell’s action was far more blasphemous than Amanpour’s. He got busy and read Scripture—Jesus’ own words to cast Him a Marxist:
“The New Testament does have an answer to Rush’s question, ‘What would Jesus take?’ and it’s not one Rush is going to like And since he obviously has no working command of the Bible, it will surely shock him because he will be hearing it now for the first time.”
O’Donnell then presents a rich asking man how could he inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all he has and gave it to the poor. O’Donnell’s conclusion (so similar to Satan’s):
The answer is everything, not 35 percent, not 39.6 percent. One hundred percent. What shall I do to inherit eternal life?
It seems very clear that Jesus would be cool with a 39.6 tax bracket for those making over $250,000.
That’s not the only clue we have in the New Testament about what would Jesus take. Jesus also said, “any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
That means you, Rush. And that means everything. Give up everything. Those are the words of Jesus Christ. Give up everything. You can be a radio talk show host and you can make your 50 million dollars a year. But you cannot do that and be a disciple of Christ if you keep all of your 50 million dollars a year.
While Jesus may not have specified specific tax brackets, he was the first recorded advocate of a progressive income tax. Jesus actually said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything, all she had to live on.”
What would Jesus take? Obviously, he would take from each according to their ability to pay. That is the clear Christian philosophical basis of a progressive income tax; 10 percent on low incomes, 35 percent on high incomes is the current structure.
There, folks if a fair sampling of Limbaugh Monday and O’Donnell’s “homily” Monday night.
Now, Mr. O’Donnell, the bad news for you is Jesus has no interest in taxes or in immoral Americans using their Uncle Sam to steal from their neighbor. None of the Parables you mentioned address that. But, here is the Good News, Jesus did come to save not just my mother. He came to save Ms. Amanpuur and you. He came to save you, Mr. O’Donnell. He has already paid the price for your soul, Mr. O’Donnell. All you need is the same humble heart as my mother. That’s all you need, Mr. O’Donnell.
One more thing, Mr. O’Donnell, I am not alone in cleaning up Rush’s light work. A writer, Ken Shepherd, at News Busters is a fine example.