Thursday, May 12, 2005

It's been awhile.

Well, I've been gone for awhile, but now I'm back. (Settle down!)

So, I got this email from the program director at a local "Christian' radio station:

Hi there matt,
Today I received an e-mail from someone who just heard about the Spirit 1053 Promise and he was impressed enough that he wanted to know more. It sure reminds me that I'm taking for granted what most people still don't even know exists (Spirit 1053). I shouldn't be taking it for granted because I've heard from so many people over the years about why they started listening; because it's safe for their kids ... and later they discover the other benefits that we try to exemplify in our ministry. It's a ministry that includes you matt, thank you for making a difference to thousands of people like you.
Feel free to share Spirit 1053's Promise with a friend. Tell them about how much healthier our station is for their families. Forward this e-mail to as many people as you can or even another radio station! We're not trying to be "better than thou." We believe we're a Godly example in a messed up world. Thank you for your love and prayers!
In Jesus,

We Promise that we’ll never offend people with blue-humored or suggestive or demeaning personalities or song lyrics. Spirit 1053 extends that promise to our advertising policy as well. We do all that we reasonably can to make sure you won’t be embarrassed by our commercials. Again last year Spirit 1053 refused well over a half million dollars in advertising revenue from advertisers that we didn’t think you’d appreciate; gambling, alcohol, movies and TV programs that we thought were inappropriate for the kids, your home and work environment. No other commercial radio station in Seattle does that for you, and that’s our Spirit 1053 Promise.

So here is my responce....
Scott,I'm glad you are so enraptured with your 'promise'.I for one, think you over play and over emphasize it.Its good that you run the station the way that you do (filtering out that which might be deemed inappropriate for some)but lately it is starting to sound like Spirit 105.3 is the fourth member of the Trinity!I understand the necessity for promoting ones business, your station still needs to make money. So preaching that S1053 is BETTER than other stations is okay, but sometimes it seems very elitist. That is NOT Christ like! And that is why I will not pass this email on to anyone. Christians today have a bad rep. among non-Christians. They believe us to be judgmental, or above all others because of our faith. At times. your station exemplifies that rep. Choosing to follow Jesus (OK, call it being a Christian if you must) is more about climbing down into the trenches with those still mired in sin....but not to judge them for their sin, that's Christ's job, but rather accept them and love them for who they are. The music your station plays can be a powerful ministry- let it speak for it self. I believe more people (the ones who may need the most 'Encouragement') would listen more if you weren't always shoving the 'Promise' in their faces (ears).Not that you will even read this, but, there I've said it.
A follower of Jesus,

I don't know for sure how I got on their email list, but I hope that they remove me now.

0 Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Willis?

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