Lamb Tales

John 1:29-42  – Second Sunday after Epiphany – for Sunday, January 19, 2014

“Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…” (John 1:29)

lambI’ll bet it was fifth grade when I renamed a classmate. He was pudgy and shy (so was I, but he was a smidgen more of both than me). We usually did school stuff with the same group of friends. His last name was Repp, which led me to dub him . . . Reptile.

Everybody thought it was funny, for a week or two.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Well, not everybody. A kid named Repp wasn’t so happy. But hey, that’s what kids do . . . right?

I thought about my juvenile insensitivity while recently hearing snippets of talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.

As I tuned into their radio programs, I felt like I was back in elementary school. If that’s the case, why listen to them? Because I’m intrigued with politics and try to keep informed. Nowadays, one national election cycle blurs into another. Sure, it’s easy to grouse about modern elections, but I remain fascinated. And, with Limbaugh and Levin, I wanted to learn how others, with views different than mine, were reacting.

Do I have to tell you anything about Limbaugh? My local radio station refers to his show as “the most listened to radio talk show in America.” In the land of labels, I’d call him conservative and me liberal. I suspect there is not too much we would agree on. Continue reading →