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I'm the Executive Director of Mission Network News, a broadcast network servicing more than 900 radio stations in North America, New Zealand, Eucuador, Romania and Moldova

Friday, June 17, 2005

I found this blog post...great thoughts

I was made aware of this post by a guy named Jeremy Wise. He's not a broadcaster, just very perceptive. I asked him if I could post this and he said yes. I think it's a interesting view from a Christian, who's viewing Christian radio from the outside. Here's his post…

“Christian” American Idols

I’ve been increasingly amazed, as an avid “Christian Radio” listener, at how worldly things are becoming. As an example, one of my favorite stations, which I’ll not name, has had a contest for the past several weeks to give away a new hot tub. Now this in and of itself isn’t that big a deal. Radio stations all over the country give things away to try and increase listener attentiveness.

So, Jeremy, what’s the tie between that hot tub and idolatry? I’m so glad you asked. I’m stunned at how frequently the tub is mentioned. It’s no longer Christian radio; it’s Hot Tub radio with watered down contemporary Christian music thrown in every now and then. Music break, hot tub advertisement. News, hot tub advertisement. Another song, hot tub advertisement. Radio station on the road… Come share what the Lord’s doing in your life? Nah, just register for the hot tub!

And then there was the caller who said “I hope we win the hot tub! We already have the room built for it; we’re just waiting for the tub now!” My first thought was, “We’ve got our temple built! We just need our god so we can usher him into his temple and we can worship him day and night! We’ll have a great god… better than all the other gods on the street! And people will beg to come over and worship our god with us!” Like the Corinthians all over again.

And another station takes calls from those who have big screen TVs and surround sound, and everyone lusts after one another! “Thou shalt not covet”, right? Yet here’s Christian Radio — “Call and share with us how big your TV god is.. Let’s stir up a craving among our listeners to go get themselves a TV god that’s as big and cool as yours!”

Again, is there anything wrong with having a TV? Certainly not. But Americans worship TVs. I don’t want my radio station to awaken lusts for worldly things, I want my radio station to remind me how our Lord provides all we need. I want my radio station to remind me how faithful my Lord is, day in and day out. I don’t want my appetite for worldly things to be aroused, I want to be reminded that I already have everything I need for life and godliness!

Why are we making such a big deal out of giving away a $3500 hot tub to someone who most likely doesn’t NEED it, when all around us, yes, even in Grand Rapids, people would give their right arm just to have a $0.35 bowl of soup to warm their hands a little! Come on, Christian Radio. Let’s get our focus away from what the world says is wonderful and return it to the God who alone is all we ever need. Need I remind you that this world and its desires are passing away? But praise God, the one who does the will of the Father will live forever. Let’s hear a lot less about American gods, and a lot more about the one living God!

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