Friday, October 1, 2010

Christ-less Christian Radio

So what do you call "Christian Radio" which doesn't mention Christ?

I'm still trying to figure that out.

On my way to the bookstore today I put on the popular "Christian" radio station I hear about at church. So many people tell me how great it is, and since I had a long trip, I thought it might be enjoyable.

First speaker told everyone how God wants us to enjoy life. We have to enjoy life and enjoy what we do. In fact, I learned she wants to die preaching. Hey, that's great, but there was no Jesus, no dying on the cross for our salvation, no forgiveness of sins.

Next was a sermon from a church. "Hey, this has got to be better," I thought. Well..... I guess it was, in that Jesus was actually mentioned by name -- twice -- in Bible readings. The rest of it was how to live your life to the fullest, and didn't reference the readings.

Then the third program started. By this point, I was switching stations without thinking about it, then I made the conscious effort to go back because "all those people can't be wrong, can they?" (This is about the time I recall my mom saying, "If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?")

Well, thankfully I got to the bookstore. I couldn't take any more. At that point, I'd been listening for an hour to a station that claims to be "Christian" radio, and not once had I heard ANYTHING about Jesus Christ and what he has done for me. Oh, I'd heard about what I could do FOR God, but I can't be sure which god was being talked about. Most of the time, God was assumed, and it was all about YOU and what YOU do. Law.

I couldn't go back to that station after I was done at the bookstore. I'd heard nothing but Law, and nary a drop of the Gospel to soften it. Just like what's going on where I go to church. People are demanding to be fed Law. Anyone who points out that "worship" -- how I detest that term, it should be Divine Service -- isn't about YOU, is labelled, marked, and avoided. And eavesdropped upon. I'm waiting to see if intimidation is next.

I'm surprised that no one has yet talked about selling the stained glass windows to pay off our debt. Some of our members find our crucifixion window offensive. I feel sorry for them. Christ-less radio, Christ-less church, and what is there to Christianity if there's no Christ?


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