Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Popularity No Measure Of Righteousness

It isn't Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, or Rahm Emanuel. It isn't Markos Moulitsas, Andrew Sullivan, or the famous, largely nonexistent, "liberal media." It is Rush Limbaugh, in mocking Barack Obama, who frequently refers to the president as "the messiah."

And so it was on June 13 that Limbaugh remarked

People are losing faith in The Messiah, the first messiah that I'm aware of who has had less than 50% approval from the flock. Most messiahs get a hundred percent approval from the flock. This messiah is down below 50% now, which is not a good sign for his Second Coming in November.

Perhaps Rush was referring to his "dittoheads," who would never question their messiah. However, there was at least one messiah doubted by "the flock":

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father."

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.

(John 6:60-66, English Standard Version)

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