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Radio on ‘Scan’

May 7, 2008

Scanning the radio dial in an unfamiliar city, how strange it is to realize that people willingly submit themselves to sitting and listening to strangers from faraway places ceaslessly tell them what to think, how to live, and how to speak. It is a very strange culture, indeed. We would never stand for that from politicians or parents, and only uneasily accept it from our celebrities, but put ‘Preacher’ or ‘Pastor’ or ‘Reverend’ in front of someone’s name, and we’ll happily put our brain on ‘pause’ and lap up what they’re selling.

So as we approach Pentecost, when we celebrate the Holy Spirit being given to all people, I’m stopping to ask, “What’s up with that?” Is it a collective lack of self-esteem, or an external locus of control, or the logical extension of the branding of ‘church’?

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One Response to “Radio on ‘Scan’”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What if it is more simple than what you suggest? What if people are seeking a voice/opinion that parallels their own, and just like having their thoughts confirmed by someone else. ‘Progressives’ want their thinking confirmed, and may listen to Air America – ‘Conservatives’ do likewise and listen to Limbaugh, Hannity et.al. Similarly, Spiritual perspective is offered from most every angle also. I think that the perspective drives the given market more-so than the the geography. The podcasts on the net illustrate this. We all just want our opinions agreed with, and are willing to scan the dial until we find someone who does. I don’t think this is much different than how we chose our friends. The best part of being involved in a fellowship with Christ at the head, is I get to commune with lots of folks with differing opinions that don’t always agree with mine– thus blowing apart everything I just said. Ain’t it grand? (By the way, I DO pray for those poor saps who don’t always agree with me, hopefully they’ll see the light!)

    Tom D.M.

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