What I Wish TV Hosts Would Ask Christians

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Trevin Wax has an excellent post on how he wishes the homosexuality debate would go between TV hosts and pastors.1 Trevin offers an example of good dialogue with the Christian re-directing the conversation so it is not concentrating on homosexuality. The dialogue could actually work with a dose of patience, focus and enough time.

I wish the homosexuality debate would be as Trevin described too, but I also wish something else.

TV show hosts like to press on hot button. Some of the on going hot button issues are just about anything on homosexuality, on whether Mormonism is Christian, or a la Larry King – whether or not “good” Jews go to hell. It can be tempting and easy for Christians to debate within the premise of a secular worldview and go into defense mode. Part of the problem is the short time allotted for such debates in this sound-byte culture. There is not often time to challenge the presuppositions of the worldview of the host.

Two Christians in particular stand out in such public sound-byte debates – John MacArthur and Al Mohler. Both have done well to direct the conversation to the gospel when they have been guests on shows like Larry King Live.2 These men provide a good example in their dialogue by continuing to bring the gospel to the forefront as the most important aspect of Christianity.

What I wish TV hosts would ask Christians whom they are challenging on hot button issues is about the gospel. I wish they would ask about Jesus dying for sinners, rising from the dead and saving all who repent and believe in Him. While I understand the TV shows schedule specific topics it is interesting how the gospel can not even been addressed in order to get back to the topic of homosexuality, for example.

Host: So you believe that all homosexuals in loving, monogamous relationships are going to hell?

Christian: I believe that all sinners who repent of their sins and believe that Jesus who was born of a virgin, died for their sins on a cross, rose from the dead after three days defeating death for all who believe in Him will have eternal life. Those who don’t believe this gospel will suffer in hell.

Host: So homosexu…..wait! You believe Jesus was born of a virgin and rose from the dead?!

Imagine that…
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  1. Wax, Trevin. How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go
  2. Larry King Live. Gays in the Church? June 15, 2006. An example of Al Mohler engaging with the gospel.
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1 Chris Gagner October 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I’m not surprised that TV hosts don’t ask more about the Gospel. They want evangalists to state that “Good” people go to heaven and “Bad” people go to hell. When we know the truth is that any sinner that hasn’t repented and turned to Jesus will be turned away from entering heaven. Regardless of whether that is a “good” person, a “bad” person, a homosexual, etc. We’re all in the same boat. I too wish they would focus more on that!

2 Chris October 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Most secular people know the story of Jesus. Apart from clergy, I often find that secular people have read more of the Bible than Christians have. Just food for thought…

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