No one expected a quiet October, but this one is plowing new ground validating the doctrine of the total depravity of man. Amid the rage, astounding revelations of dishonesty and debauchery, and unprecedented assaults on freedom of speech this week, there was a brief shameful sideshow.  Conservative broadcasting icon, Rush Limbaugh, announced that his brief remission from Stage IV lung cancer was over and the disease was progressing again. He said “I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is of immense value…strength…confidence.  That is why I am able to remain fully committed to the idea that what is supposed to happen, will happen when it was meant to…I just wake up every day and thank God that I did.”  

That beautiful testimony prompted the vilest vituperative response from the Rush-hating denizens of the Twittersphere. They verbally attacked like starving jackals on a wounded wildebeest, competing to see who could deliver the most despicable insult to a dying man. The real pandemic in our land is degeneracy. Sometimes I feel as hopeless as the embattled platoon leader who called in an air strike on his own head. But hopelessness is a sin. Perhaps a sovereign God will spare America again for the sake of the remnant of His chosen. He’s had one in every age. Come what may I stake my eternity on the steadfast love of that Sovereign God. Meantime I wrestle with my own hatred of such degenerates. I find vengeful comfort in a line from one of Johnny Cash’s last recorded songs: “You can run on for a long time… [but] sooner or later God’ll cut you down.” Our Lord said, “Vengeance is mine…,”but I sure fight the urge to help Him out with a few savage sentences of my own. In fact I have rewritten this post a dozen times, deleting some really satisfying inflammatory adjectives and trying to dampen my vindictive tone. 

Our Savior modeled our required response. He was subjected to similar heartless ridicule while being tortured to death on a cross. Even in His death throes He had the power to instantaneously swap places with his tormentors, but instead he prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

Lord, grant me the grace to rid my heart of hatred. I mouth my Savior’s plea without meaning it. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). And for the sake of your remnant, please have mercy on America. Amen.

See you in church.

2 Responses to “THE AGE OF RAGE”

  1. Paul Otto Says:

    JD, I so look forward to seeing the next “COGITATION“ to help me get through the next version of “Times of our lives.” What a month… what a year. And most importantly, what will this week bring? Thanks again for propping me up with words of faith in God, and a reminder “…that what is supposed to happen, will happen when it is meant to…” may God have mercy on our wayward nation. PO

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Patricia Ann Otto Says:

    I too have to control my anger and rage at the Chinese for allowing the virus to spread around the world. We lost a great friend yesterday to its grip.


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