I have a problem with much of talk radio. That's why I choose not to regularly listen to it. I'm referring to talk radio that has to do with politics. And specifically, I'm referring to the normal fare of attacking the character and person of the political opponents of the talk show host.
What is far more troubling for me is when I see Christians listening to these programs, then turning around and saying many of the same things they've heard. Belittling the people "on the other side". It is certainly good and right to express disagreement with a politician's political position or policy. But this should be done in a way that reflects the Jesus we claim to follow.
C.S. Lewis wrote/said something to the effect that the most sacred thing we see on earth is our neighbor, another human. Humans in Scripture are called "eikons" (transliteration of Greek word), or image bearers of God. This is true of all humans by creation. And those in Jesus are being changed into the very image of Christ. For us to look down on, despise and even demonize another human is unworthy of who we are in Christ. And who that other human is. Are they sacred or not?
While I may strongly disagree with someone, specifically here, in the political arena, I'd better treat them with respect, and I'd better listen to them, and be willing to dialogue and perhaps debate with them, but as one who is sacred and special by, and before God. Otherwise we lose something vitally important in our witness to the world. And really miss God's ongoing redemptive work in Christ, that we're to be a part of.
I have been guilty of this. Though I abhor it. And want no part of it. Even as one who may acquiesce to it, simply by listening and maybe even joining in the laughter surrounding it. Maybe we can gently help others, in wise ways, to see this, and repent, as we have had to.
Let's avoid this kind of radio or media. At least regularly. So we don't get swept up into the same habit, either by joining them, or opposing them, all the while picking up the same spirit and attitude towards others that is surely displeasing to God.
What thought(s) would you like to add here?