If I ever started a side project blog, and maybe even a book, it’d be called “The Wacky Stuff I Heard on Christian Radio.” Of course there’s no real plan to follow through with this, though the more I think about it the more I’m convinced it’d be a big hit. Overnight sensation kind of thing.
My dad mysteriously developed a taste for Christian music in his late 50’s. Growing up my friend’s parents tried desperately to get them into Christian music – showering them with Audio Adrenaline CD’s and taking them to P.O.D. concerts. I don’t think my parents knew of such a subculture, thus I was spared. So I find it fascinating that so late in the game my dad listens, nearly, exclusively to Christian radio.
I’ve been with people who, when channel surfing in the car, have stopped at the local Christian radio station for a irony’s sake and mocking laughs. And if you judged Christianity based off of some Christian radio, well, the laughs wouldn’t be totally unwarranted. Hence my new bestselling book.
Christian radio has a unique role in that it’s for Christians by Christians, yet anyone can tune in. It’s almost like having a tap into the Pentagon phones. Knowing this I think I’d be cautious about what goes on there. Especially with people easily cruising on by only hearing six second snippets what’s said can easily be misunderstood.
Knowing any old person could happen on the station would likely entice the station to adopt a seeker-friendly demeanor. You probably won’t have much talk about the trials of God purifying your heart by fire nor the immense difficulty in daily dying to self – that doesn’t translate well in radio. You’ll probably have more talk about all of the hookups God’s given you (no, not that those kind of hook-ups).
There’s dangers with spewing both bubblegum pop Christianity and the real down and dirty “true” faith. The latter is best shared amongst those you know and are with, and the former needs to be balanced out, preferably with more mature believers.
All in all I actually like the idea of Christian radio, even though I’ve vocalized my disappointment with most Christian music. Going to church can be intimidating, and so for those so-called seekers out there they can anonymously tune in. In that way it’s even more open than the most seeker friendly church because you don’t even have to go anywhere – it comes to you!
All that said I think Christianity could be better represented than what gets broadcasted these days. It seems to toggle between feel-good-suburban Christianity and loud-angry-at-the-liberal-state-of-the-world fundamentalism. And this in turns ends up being the perception many have when their tapped into our phone lines.
If you ran your own Christian radio station what would you feature? How do you think Christianity can get misrepresented on the radio?