So I’m driving home Saturday morning (you can get gas in Ankeny for $1.64, instead of $2.14 like in Ames), and I hear these 2 guys on the radio talking about the various failings of cultural Christians, and how that impacts the shortcomings of the church. Over 50 years of listening to Christian radio I’ve heard this theme repeated ad nauseam.
Then something occurred to me a couple of months ago. So when something goes wrong in an organization, its the followers fault? If a flock of sheep get lost its the sheep’s fault? Not the shepherd’s? If a church is in disarray its not the pastor’s fault? Its the parishioner’s? I find it amazing somehow that these radio guys never find any failings amongst their ranks.
Personally I can’t imagine a body with more weak and ineffectual leadership than the Christian church in America. But that’s just me. Its pathetic a lot of times. Their preaching style. Their preaching methods. Their people skills. How do you make Christianity boring? I don’t get it. There were preachers like Adrian Rogers, Ravi Zacharias, Ronald L. Dart, that I could listen to all day. There are ones like David Jeremiah and Erwin Lutzer that ain’t bad. But most are like the preachers you find in churches across America. Ones that don’t use the bible as the basis for their sermon, and they just don’t act like they’re preaching the Word of God.
[Here is an excerpt from the 2017 confirmation hearings of judge Amy Coney Barrett, from the Catholic News Agency]
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different,” Feinstein said.
“And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
My point in this post is not so much what Senator Diane Feinstein said to Catholic Amy Coney Barrett, its more trying to fathom what the response would have been if Amy had said something similar to the Jew, Feinstein. Can you imagine? For even a moment? What would have happened if a Christian had called into question the religion of a Jew? But when its the Christian is being denigrated, oh, well that’s fine. No problem.
“The post-Trump era will begin as soon as Trump starts his 2nd term. The neocons, lolbertarians, cuckservatives, and beltway establishment losers will be attempting to forge the future of the party for the next four years.
The future of the party is making Christ the center of it, just as our Founding Fathers did when they laid the foundation of this great country.
The weak and pathetic “Christian” leaders (across every church and denomination) will not step up to do this. It’s on us to do so with the Holy Spirit leading the way. We are going to have a real revival in this country and it’s going to happen FAST on the internet, that I can tell you.” – Andrew Torba
[Andrew Torba is the founder of Gab, the free speech platform started about 4 years ago. He came out of Silicon Valley, riding a white horse, no wait that’s another story. But he did come out of the liberal tech world, he saw firsthand the censorship being used to silence conservatives. So he started up Gab which alternates between being attacked, and being ignored. I won’t try to cover all the assaults he’s suffered the past 4 years, but the ones with the credit card companies is the most ironic. It came out today Mastercard and Visa are under pressure to cut ties with the terrorists that are using them to transfer money around the world. Years ago they quit letting supporters of Gab use their services to make donations to ad free Gab. They even cutoff Torba and his family’s personal accounts from using Mastercard or Visa. But they’re fine with helping terrorists.]
A very interesting picture. There were a lot of things wrong with society back then, there were also a lot of things right. Just thinking back 50 years made me realize 1 stark difference from today. Society enforced its own good behavior. Today when someone acts a fool there’s no one to tell them to stop. Something so fundamental as not knowing what sex you are. Back then we were embarrassed if we had to ride a ‘girls’ bike, now a boy runs on a girls track team like he’s some sort of groundbreaking hero! Men go out in public dressed as women. And if someone says, “What the fuck are you doing?” They’re the ‘bigoted’ one.
[FYI the center store front says: ‘Best & Co. – Liliputian Bazaar‘. It was a small east coast chain, New York, Pennsylvania and the like. Women’s and children’s clothes. Finally liquidated in 1970.]
This picture is of longtime NPR radio host Terri Gross. Like all NPR employees she is a New York liberal, homosexual and a Jew. She is also the best interviewer on the planet. She has had the most wonderful interviews of people that I never would have imagined would be riveting. Before anyone is put in front of a radio microphone they should have to pass a 40 hour class on Terri Gross. She evidently keeps her ego in her desk. She lets the guests talk.
Transition to Christian radio. I had always thought Jan Markel up in Minneapolis was the worst host of all time. She is an expert in the ‘3 paragraph’ question. Its really not a “question” at all, she simply runs out of breath for a brief moment and the guest is allowed to talk for the few seconds it takes her to recoup. She has no need for guests, she is the expert on every topic.
Then I heard an episode of Faith Works Live on Truth Talk KTIA 99.3 FM. The host there is Pastor Mike Demastus. Oh my God (pun intended). How can one individual be so unaware? I don’t think he can best Markel for run on, but he gives it a shot. Why anyone comes on that show is beyond me. This stuff is pretty basic. You don’t tell us how great your show is, you show us. Your guests are the expert, drain them dry. Bring them out. Be like Terri. Don’t be like you. You’re dumb. Put your ego in a drawer.
But to answer the question: ‘Why does Christian radio seem to be so bad at this?’ I don’t know. Usually something that comes along with the Holy Spirit is a measure of wisdom. Clearly that’s not always the case.
“Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The Declaration of Independence is the all-time masterpiece of ideological simplification. There in a single sentence of self-evident truth, the founding Fathers put into clear, easily understandable focus, the broad basis of man’s relationship to God, to government, and to his fellow man.”
— Clarence Manion (1896-1979) American conservative radio talk show host, dean of the Notre Dame Law School 1956
I’d never heard of “Clarence Manion” before. Interesting fellow. He capsulizes very well the interactions of a sound government with natural law: God – Government – Man. Even though it is not a theocracy, a sound government very much has God in it. And in these times where we are experiencing a communist insurgency with the BLM movement, it does one well to remember the key component of communism: It cannot coexist with the Christian God. It was tagged “godless communism” for a reason.
Habit is the latest bone they threw out to get “Christians” snarling. And right on cue, “Release the outrage!” My God Christians are predictable. At the link above they of course have a petition going to demand that this movie not be released! Of course they’ll release it, they live for that reaction. It would be a stupid little movie no one would see otherwise. Hollywood hates Christians, you never noticed that?? They’re Jews, its what they do.
So of course they release a movie about Jesus as a lesbian woman. What else would you portray the “Son of Man” as? Did the Christian Film and Television Commission think for 2 seconds before they gave the movie’s director exactly what he was after? Come on! The best thing you could have done was ignore these Bozos. They die without attention.
[I wonder if “Christian Today” was a website started by the movie company to generate the fake outrage? Frankly I’ve never heard of them. And who wrote the article at the link above? ‘Staff writer’. Yeah.]
The Prairie Home Companion aired on taxpayer funded radio for decades (it made Garrison Keillor a millionaire though). Like a lot of liberal entertainment, all the white people were nerdy and uncool. It was a mixture of song and jokes, and my favorite part: The News from Lake Wobegon. This fictitious Minnesota town was chockful of “Norwegian Lutherans”. The only thing more uncool than white people, was Jesus loving Christians.
Every week Garrison would tell about the silly shenanigans of those small town Minnesotans. Because white people and Christians are the only ones you can make fun of nowadays. Their church socials and Jello salads. Growing up in Iowa we always had a special relationship with Minnesota. It was not unheard of for Iowans to vacation up there 50 years ago. Sure we made ‘Minnesota jokes’, and they made ‘Iowa jokes’, It was all in fun because they were the best of people back then. Damn near as good as us.
They were like our cousins, the ugly cousin to be sure, but they were family. It ain’t that way today. Minnesota is a shithole. They brought in all those Somali savages with their bell-ringing Sharia shit, to the point I can’t imagine decent people would want to live there. Hell, they sent a terrorist to Congress! What its called is ‘population replacement’. Well you did it. How’s it working out for you?
I think you were a better State when all you had was those nerdy white people. Its okay to be white.
“Interesting argument. Anybody who rejects JC self identifies as a moron of course, but its true our government was not intended as a theocracy. But yet it does operate as exactly that with the Religion of Humanism.”
There was an interesting little article on World Net Daily from Franklin Graham. His point was that the response we are seeing from government isn’t about a virus its about control. He said never in our history have we quarantined the healthy. He foresees government wanting to keep these totalitarian powers even after the current crisis.
The title of this post is a comment from an assumed atheist after the article. I of course put up the brilliant response. It wasn’t until I’d thought about it a little that I realized Franklin hadn’t “invoked religion” in the article at all. He simply focused on government overreach. But the commenter has a valid point in general about American politics. One side believing we’re a Christian nation and the other that there’s this shifting wall of separation of Church and State.
It happens all the time with Republicans. In Iowa one of the most prominent examples is radio personality and party delegate Tammara Scott. She regularly invokes God (!) while talking politics, one of the most obvious was when Bob Vander Platts ran for Governor. The religious right in the state thought sure if we could replace that scurvy knave Branstad with Bob, then we’d have a Christian Iowa by golly!
I don’t know if they envisioned religious teachings in the schools and a picture of Jesus on the wall behind the teacher, or what. That’s the battle: Are Christians to be invisible outside their home? Or are we to have the free exercise thereof? It mainly comes down to the schools. That’s where most people get lost. To explain to them that its government that should be removed from the schools is simply incomprehensible to them.
Prior to 1900 or so this problem was avoided as government was not in the schools. Then John Dewey singlehandedly destroyed America, in a slow motion fashion. Someone’s “values” are going to be taught to children, its just a matter of whose. Americans were not sophisticated enough to recognize the New Religion being taught.
So yesterday afternoon I’m coming home and I catch the opening intro of Haven Today on KPSZ Praise 940. They were running the typical ‘disclaimer’, “The views on this show do not necessarily represent those of the Des Moines Radio Group, management or its sponsors” (What’s going through my mind is you’re a Christian station and you’re running a disclaimer before a Jesus show? If these aren’t your views, what are?). Its Haven Today! Its one of the most Jesus centered programs to ever be on the radio. Its not like those ‘God is an ATM’ tongue-talking charlatan shows that you have on in the morning.
Or one of those “give us $25 so a holocaust surviving Jew can have Passover” scammers. Or “Dear Lord fill my bank account” Joyce Myers. Another one (either on Inspiration, TBN or TCT) is this guy who dresses up as a rabbi (Rabbi Kirt Schneider) running some scam on Christians. They don’t run a disclaimer before any of these jokers. They don’t run a disclaimer before supplement scammer Dr Michael Pinkus.
But they run a disclaimer before Haven Today. I wonder sometimes if they forget they’re a “Christian station”? [I guess where I was going with this is, “Why are all the charlatans on TV and radio? I’ve done other posts listing a dozen or so of the best, yet the ones they put on the air are the worst.]