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Should I be listening to Christian radio?

Submitted: 9/27/2008
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Question: I was listening to a commercial that sings, 'What would people do when they find out I am a Jesus freak.' I thought, Why would someone compare themselves to a freak? That is more demeaning than radical. It was on the KLOVE, a Cristian radio station. In any case, the next message from that commercial depicted a man named Gregory the illuminator. I never heard of him in the Bible nor preached about from the pulpit. Yet this commercial gives example such as this guy from Armenia. I know God uses whosoever will, but shouldn't the saints only use the people God chose from the Bible as our examples? Should we be using some 16th or 17th century people as our examples?

Answer: In the first point you made, we wonder why you are listening to Christian radio stations that cause such conflisct in your mind. Perhaps there is something better you could listen to.

In the second, Gregory the Illuminator was the founder and patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church (born c. 257 AD - died c. 331 AD). He is credited with forging the Christian identity of Armenia via conversion from pagan beliefs. Armenia was the first country to establish itself as a Christian nation in the year 301 A.D. (Wikipedia).

We do not know enough about Gregory to say whether or not he was a good example for us to follow, but we do believe that there are many people who have demonstrated attributes worthy of admiration. We do not think we have to limit ourselves to the people in the Bible, but we should limit ourselves to the Christian attributes described in the Bible. People who display those attributes in various ways should be admired, at least in those particular areas. For example, Martin Luther King showed great bravery and a willingness to suffer for a just cause. He should be admired for those attributes. He should not be admired for his immorality.