I usually listen to talk radio streaming on my iPhone as I get ready in the mornings. This morning I began with my usual WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio) program doing their review of political happenings for the week with guests from the Democrat and Republican perspectives. Facts were irrelevant to these people. The pundits were so “talking points” oriented that I couldn’t take it anymore. So, I switched to a conservative talk station that my son likes.
Their local morning show was wrapping up. Even though I didn’t listen very long, the little time was crammed full of commercials. I used to make fun of the commercials on conservative radio, saying they were appealing to their listeners’ paranoia with pitches for buying gold, stocking up on emergency food supplies, and being prepared by taking firearms training courses. Today it seemed the paranoia was replaced by Christian pop culture, with their ads for all sorts of Christian websites for “safe entertainment for the whole family” and “your source for Christian information and inspiration.”
So, I had a choice. One station had two political pundits spewing forth the same propaganda I have heard hundreds of times, with total disregard for anything objective or insightful. The other had meshed conservative politics and Christian pop culture into something I am not sure that even Jesus could recognize.
Millions of people fall for this crap, never asking questions, never looking outside of the brand they subscribe to or venturing beyond a perspective that conveniently fits their personality. Hence, our democracy and our church are both in big, big trouble.