John 1:29-42Â – Second Sunday after Epiphany â€“ for Sunday, January 19, 2014
â€œHere is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the worldâ€¦â€ (John 1:29)
Iâ€™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, thatâ€™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 thatâ€™s the case, why listen to them? Because Iâ€™m intrigued with politics and try to keep informed. Nowadays, one national election cycle blurs into another. Sure, itâ€™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 â€œthe most listened to radio talk show in America.â€ In the land of labels, Iâ€™d call him conservative and me liberal. I suspect there is not too much we would agree on. Continue reading →