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Political Commercials on Christian Radio?

Posted by truthtalklive on September 24, 2008

On today’s show Stu talks about issue of concern for many Christians. Should Christian radio stations air political ads? What do you think? Here’s what the the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) has to say! If you want your voice heard call 1-866-348-7884(truth) between 5pm and 6pm (EST)! For more information or to read the whole FCC article please CLICK HERE! As always thanks for listening and we look foward to your comments!











56 Responses to “Political Commercials on Christian Radio?”

  1. Stanley said

    Sounds fair enough, FCC.

  2. Joshua Powell said

    No it dosent Shouldn’t Station owners have the right to choose who they want to do Business with? With out the government having a say in it. Come on now!!!

  3. Ed Park said

    Unfortunately, regarding political advertising, we are no allowed to ‘discriminate’ against any legal political candidate. The law was first instituted in 1934, and has since gone through many revisions. However, the basic structure has remained. In a nutshell, if we allow ANY political advertising, we are required to open it to ALL legally registered candidates. On top of that, we are not allowed to solicit ANY candidates for advertising. We are allowed to notify other canditates of their opponent’s activities (as we have with the McCain campaign office), but nothing further.

    Is the law fair? At this point, it’s pure semantics. Regardless, every FCC licensed station must abide by these guidelines or risk being either fined but the FCC, or having our license revolked.

    I hope this helps.

    Ed Park
    Network Program Director
    Truth Broadcasting

  4. Stanley said

    Works both ways. Helps so that one candidate can’t just monopolize the medium.

  5. Jeff said

    Most of the callers have said that we shouldnt have to hear from political candidates with whom they disagree. This is assuming that all Christian radio listeners will vote as one block. Should the station manager or the majority of listeners be the ones who decide who is the “right” candidate? Who decides? Who says you are right and I am not?

    The problem is that people do not want to think for themselves and want to blindly pull a lever for any candidate on their precious station, buy any snake oil product, and read any book, without THINKING! If it bothers you, turn the radio off for 60 seconds. The radio is not “public” and is regulated for many reasons, some of them good. God has put the ruling authorities in place.

  6. Stanley said

    It helps them become informed about the candidates though. Some of the people on this site seem woefully ignorant of Obama and his stances. They’re probably ignorant on McCain’s stances as well, but they know he doesn’t want the gays to get married, and that he changed his mind about abortion.

  7. Daniel said

    Since it is to late for them to cancel the ads, they are in the bad position where they will need to put a disclaimer out. It is unfortunate that they didn’t think about the consequences of opening your doors like this which forces both views to be published. As mentioned earlier on the show I fear for those who will be lead astray to the wrong candidate through these ads on a Christian radio show. i think back to the show with a Christian advertisement board who had a strip club advertise on the sign, both are similar in how they are putting material out that lead people away from the Lord when they have a media that can bring people to the Lord. My last comment is to the fact of how upset people are getting over this issue. I wonder what Christians will do if the fairness doctrine passes and that every topic will be like this no matter what station you like or what your beliefs are. As one man put it we live in a fallen world and I am disheartened and how we walk away from God.

  8. Ben said

    The “competition” for “Christian” voters should be a wake-up call to us all: 1) both parties/all candidates look at Christians as a “voting block” (their crafted language and targeted messages are big clues) to be (manipulated and) won, not as a witness to some larger truth; 2) many Christian organizations look at politics as a place to have influence, forgetting that throughout history the most effective believers have been -counter-cultural, thus Christian stations and other organizations play into the secular pattern of “how to win friends and influence people” by allowing themselves to be treated this way. For an alternative, see Billy Graham or Mother Teresa.
    While abortion and homosexuality are clearly “biblical” and “moral” transgressions of God’s law, bringing sadness to God’s heart, wars of provocation, fraud throughout the business community, and neglect of the poor and helpless is at least as great an offense to God: ask any biblical writer or the Author of the whole book. How is it that, on a statement of opposition to abortion and homosexuality and claim of Christian faith, a man can preside over such injustice and still be defended?
    God’s Word is the first and only priority of Christians, with or without a radio station. Our task is not to lean on the broken reed of this world but to proclaim and practice Christ alone, the hope of glory. Let the dead bury their own dead.

  9. Kash said

    Thank you Ben. It is nice to know I am not the only one who comments here that believes neither candidate has the corner on Christian values. The fact that most people calling in agreed with Stu that a Christian radio station should only run Republican ads shows how far away from the gospel they have gotten. They are aligning themselves more with a political party rather than Jesus Christ. Radio stations broadcast to the public. Therefore if they put one party’s political ad on the air, they should put both. If they don’t like that, then don’t run any political ads.

  10. Stanley said

    Abortion and Gay Rights are such non-issues. People voting solely on the candidate because of their stance on the subject is killing us.

  11. Maz said

    There are two Christian Channels (related) that I watch on Sky called Revelation and Genesis who have people from both sides of the argument to come on and discuss their particular beliefs. Last night it was Freemasonry. A Freemason and a Christian Pastor who was ‘against’ were both interviewed, and you got a more balanced picture of what each believed.
    They have had other opposing beliefs on too. And it is all done respectfully and fairly.
    I think this is brave of them to do it.

  12. Maz said

    Stanley: ”People voting solely on the candidate because of their stance on the subject is killing us.”
    So you are FOR abortion but AGAINST anyone killing you? ofcourse because you are THIS side of the womb and can actually say so.

  13. Brad said

    Fair is fair. As Christians, we shouldn’t mind that both candidates can openly advertise on any radio station they choose to, as both candidates have equal access to whichever stations are open to political ads.

    This does, however, put the responsibility of actually learning about the candidates on the shoulders of those who will be voting. And it would probably serve people to not just take the political ads’ “word” for it, but to actually do some investigating themselves, so they cast an informed vote, regardless of who they cast their vote for. An uninformed vote is an irresponsible vote, regardless of which candidate you’re supporting, and regardless of whether you’re a Christian.

    If you’re doing your homework, the presence (or absence) of political ads should neither sway you nor make you angry.

  14. Barney said

    Stu’s main reason for hosting this radio program is political; he is consolidating his right wing supporters for his run for office at some future date. What is it going to be, Stu? The State House? State Senate? Washington?

    Of course he doesn’t deny this. Does he?

  15. Maz said

    Really Barney…….8).

  16. Maz said

    That should have been…..Really Barney….. 8)

  17. A said

    I liked the topic that was chosen. I am bothered by the comments of some of the callers. I do not blame those that have been misguided. My opinion is that political ads are fair game everywhere. We do not need to feel victimized if we hear an ad with which we do not agree. I hear them all the time and consider this appropriate. Everyone should have a chance to win my vote.

    My other comment is with regard to how many people define Christianity. For years I have chosen to listen to this station and I cannot count the people to whom I have referred this station. Those who know me well are shocked that this is my station of choice. Although I disagree with many opinions expressed by the host of this show in particular, I love most of the programming. Christians must understand that our faith should be more defined by love and relationships than positions on selected moral issues.

    I am not making this up. Instead I suggest that everyone develop a solid understanding of the entire Bible. Also, maintain communion with God through the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was asked to identify the greatest of all commandments, do you remember what He said?

  18. A said

    BTW, how dare we question whether someone else is a Christian based on their position on selected moral issues or how they choose to vote. Many of us are guilty of arrogance based on a feeling of moral superiority. I am not here to fight but get that off of my chest. In Christ’s love…

  19. Stanley said

    A, many of the “Christians” here believe that their interpretation of Christianity is the only possible interpretation that makes you a Christian.

  20. Stanley said

    Maz, most Democrats don’t vote based on their stance on abortion, they vote to help the less fortunate and to keep the economy going.

  21. A said

    Have you read the book unChristian? It questions many aspects of “church as usual” and challenges our thought process. I do not doubt that these folks are Christian. It is just very sad to me how many people define it by what you do rather than what Christ has already done. What He has done surely impacts what we do (Rom 12 for example). We should never get to the point where we think that all Christians perform, talk, walk, vote, sing, dress, eat, sleep, etc in a certain way.

  22. Stanley said

    I would agree with you, but the religious fundamentalists that visit here wouldn’t. Its their way, or else.

  23. A said

    That seems to be the mindset of those calling into the live show. Many bloggers here seem to have a different collective mindset. When we study the life of Jesus, His harshest words were for the very people that seem to speak on behalf of our faith. They often do not speak for me. My only agenda is to glorify Christ and enjoy when others do the same.

  24. Maz said

    Stanley: Everyone who calls themselves a Christian and is born-again of the Spirit of God should live by the Spirit and by the Word of God. There is no other way. Jesus is the Only way. And every Christian should seek to follow Him. Love being the key element. It is, as A said, not what you do but who you are in Christ, and what HE has done that makes us what we are. And what we say should be what He has said in His Word. It is not our opinion or our ideas but His Word alone that we should speak.
    Whether you like it or not Jesus is the only way and the way we live as Bible believing Christians is the only way to live.

  25. Stanley said

    Thanks for proving my point, Maz.

  26. John said

    “And in the end, the love you take is the love you make.”-The Beatles

  27. Maz said

    ”Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus.

  28. Barney said

    “Do be do be do…” – Sinatra

  29. wes said

    Stanley Says:
    September 25, 2008 at 10:54 am
    Maz, most Democrats don’t vote based on their stance on abortion, they vote to help the less fortunate and to keep the economy going.

    Stanley is this the price that we must pay if B.O. becomes president to help the less fortunate out side the U.S. borders?

    “In addition to seeking to eradicate poverty, that (U.N.) declaration commits nations to banning ‘small arms and light weapons’ and ratifying a series of treaties, including the International Criminal Court Treaty, the Kyoto Protocol (global warming treaty), the Convention of Biological Diversity, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention of the Rights of the Child,” he said.


  30. wes said

    Stanley Says:
    September 25, 2008 at 10:51 am
    A, many of the “Christians” here believe that their interpretation of Christianity is the only possible interpretation that makes you a Christian.

    The key word in your statement is interpret.
    The Bible is not up for private interpretation.

  31. johnny said

    I heard one of these adds the other day and it did surprise me, I could just imagine the meeting they had after they bought the add time, “We bought some time on a Christian station, make sure to mention guns, Christians love guns.”

    Stanley said “A, many of the “Christians” here believe that their interpretation of Christianity is the only possible interpretation that makes you a Christian.”

    A said ” We should never get to the point where we think that all Christians perform, talk, walk, vote, sing, dress, eat, sleep, etc in a certain way.”

    We do Know that there are certain ways Christians don’t behave…

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
    nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

    There are many who think they are Christian who are deceived, I know several who are proud to tell you they are fornicators or homosexuals or drunkards, but the bible judges them in the above verse.

  32. Maz said

    ”By their FRUITS you shall know them.”

    A label says nothing atall, but a life speaks volumes.

  33. F. L. A. said

    Would either of you like to give us your definition of what it is to be a “fornicator”?

  34. johnny said

    According to an online greek lexicon…

    1. a man who prostitutes his body to another’s lust for hire
    2. a male prostitute
    3. a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator

    ‘Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology’ puts it under ‘sexual immorality’ and goes on to name all kinds of sexual immorality including ‘alultery’

    according to Jesus ‘adultery’ is looking with lust…

    Matthew 5:28
    But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

    And the bible has already established that no adulterer will inherit the Kingdom of God, So a Christian doesn’t even look with lust.

    It seems impossible, but with God all things are possible. When a man is born again he receives a new heart with new desires, you hate the things you once loved and love the things you hated.

  35. John said

    Gee, that would make things……..really interesting…for some of us[grin].
    Thank you Johnny.

  36. Maz said

    F.L.A: Fornication would be any sexual activity outside of a healthy marriage.

  37. F. L. A. said

    And do you think this is according to Old Testament Biblical laws?
    Thank you Maz.

  38. Maz said

    F.L.A: One man for one woman, it’s in Genesis. Also Jesus taught it too.

  39. Maz said

    F.L.A: Genesis 2 v 24. Matthew 19 v 4,5.

  40. F. L. A. said

    You are just referring to concubines and polygamy mainly, then?

  41. Maz said

    F.L.A: No.

  42. johnny said

    Two passages from the new testement

    Hebrews 13:4
    Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

    Revelation 21:7-8
    He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

  43. F. L. A. said

    Thank you Johnny.

  44. Maz said

    It is 23.15 here….goodnight!

  45. A said

    I believe in right and wrong, conduct of behavior, and standards of accountability. However, we must be careful not to elevate these things above what Jesus says is most important. Mark 12 says that love of God and love of others trumps all else.

  46. johnny said

    If we love God and we love those who are still in their sin, we will tell them the truth so they can turn toward God and glorify him and not spend eternity in hell.

    If we hate them we will be silent.

    Jesus said

    Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

  47. Maz said

    Johnny: Totally agree. Love tells the truth….in love. But sometimes that truth can hurt…..didn’t Jesus speak harshly to the religious leaders of His day. ”Woe to you scribes, pharisees, hypocrits!…”.
    There are times when you have to tell it like it is.

  48. A said

    Let’s admit that many people are not motivated by love for others when they tell the the truth about others’ sins. It seems to me that many are motivated by love for themselves. What I mean is that if we focus our attention on “those” horrible sins that others commit, people will overlook the many of which I am guilty. Christians complain about relativism, however, we are often equally as guilty of it. All sins cause separation from God…not just “the really bad ones” that are discussed in the public square. We are commanded to be holy and conformed to the image of Christ. This leaves no room for dishonesty, jealousy, ill treatment of others, mean spiritedness, and so many other attitudes and behaviors that tend to define us. The bottom line is that we come across as unChristian in the way we communicate what it means to be Christian.

  49. johnny said

    I certainly agree with that A. I sometimes feel like crawling in a hole when I see people an the news waving signs that say “God hates homosexuals” at a funeral. We can witness to a homosexual without ever mentioning that particular sin by using the Ten Commandments the way Jesus did. wayofthemaster.com

    I’m guilty of breaking all the Ten Commandments, the bible says he who hates his brother is a murderer, and lust is adultery, so I’d be guilty of even those two. I can honestly say I deserve to go strait to Hell.

    Most people will admit to having hated someone or lying or lust, they are usually proud of it, and will admit that they are guilty of breaking God’s law. They they will even say they deserve to go to Hell they just don’t think God will send them there because he is “all loving” but the bible doesn’t say he’s “all loving,” it does say he is love but it also says he is Just and holy. What these lawbreakers don’t understand is they need someone to pay there fine. We can tell them the truth without being mean spirited but sometimes they will still be offended, just a Jesus warned us they would.

    The reason I jumped in is there where some comments made that sounded like a person could live in sin and still be a Christian, which is not possible. If the bible plainly says certain people are going to Hell, how is it possible these people are Christian? Christians don’t go to hell. These are false converts, I spent most of my life as one so I am terrified for them. The bible tells us to “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith” and Paul questioned the faith of those with him, so there is nothing wrong with that.

    As Maz said, Christians are born again and live by the spirit.

    God bless you and Maz and everyone else here.

  50. Maz said

    Johnny: Amen. Christians should never think they are so saved that it’s OK to play with sin. That’s not what grace is all about. Yes, we do sin, the old nature will try and assert itself many times, sometimes we can resist, at others our flesh being weak can let us down. But as Johns first letter says, we have an advocate with the Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness when we pray.

    Nobody, except Jesus, has ever lived a sinless life, but we can do our best to live the way Jesus wants us to live. Separated from the world, being in it but not of it, keeping ourselves from temptation and praying for the strength to live according to His will.

  51. johnny said

    Amen Maz.

    A Christian may fall in but he won’t jump in, especially when he realizes someone who loves him just died pulling him out.

    One of my favorite preachers says a Christian may sin but he never wakes up and says to himself ‘today I will sin.’

  52. John said

    “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.”- Christian bumper sticker.

  53. Maz said

    John: Good one.

  54. A said

    My heart is overwhelmed with joy in reading comments #49-#53. That is the heart of the Gospel. So often, it gets muddled behind our “noise” which prevents people from hearing the Gospel at all. Please consider reading the book unChristian because that is the main takeaway. Our “noise” prevents people from really hearing the Gospel and seeing it demonstrated. Too often, we share words and then spend too much time protesting against “stuff” when what we need to do is demonstrate God’s awesome power to love us in spite of all of our shortcomings. He gives us power to truly love others in spite of their shortcomings. This is a revolutionary approach from a radical names Jesus. This is part of the reason that He was killed…but lives today.

  55. Peter said

    I like this guys style and agree that obama is a hate monger who wants to kill all the jews. Don’t get me wrong jews are evil and john mccain knows it and will put them in their place. But obama will probably just slaughter them all with his talaban friends.

  56. Maz said

    Peter: Tell me, why are Jews evil? And how do you know Obama wants to kill them all?
    I think you’re going to get some posts for these statements.

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