So KOKF, a local Christian radio station, was having an afternoon call-in show yesterday and the topic was the Max Lucado/Third Day/Michael W. Smith “Come Together and Worship Tour” sponsored by Chevy. (soon to be in Oklahoma, though I can’t afford to go)
I really don’t see why so many Christians have a problem with this. God uses many means to spread His word, and as long as He is being glorified, what’s the big deal? You don’t get much more Christian than Max Lucado! And Third Day? Just listen to any of their songs and you know they will never be “sell outs.” And do I even need to defend Michael W Smith? I didn’t think so. Chevy may be secular, but they do not in any way appear to be telling these artists what to say.
So what does it boil down to? I think some Christians think that the “word” should be free of any corporate sponsorship. Others think that automobiles are bad for the environment and are corrupting God’s creation (does that mean all autos are not “of God?”). One group will even be running television and print ad to protest the tour with the theme “What Would Jesus Drive?” As Eva, one of the DJ’s, pointed out: couldn’t that money be better used to feed the needy, buy gifts for children at Christmas, or send out missionaries?
Would the tour reach as many without a sponsor? Would it be possible at all? Would tickets be too expensive without Chevy’s involvement? Who knows? And really, who cares? This should really be a non-issue.
I have my beliefs, but do I ever get radical about it? How often do I even go off about religion here? Have I ever once acted like I am unable to get along with those that don’t follow Christ? Nope. That’s because I am not like that. You have your beliefs and I have mine. We agree to disagree, end of story.
However, it bothers me tremendously to be affiliated with some of these radical Christians. You know the type, those who tell you that you are going to hell if you are gay, that you will be in eternal torment if you do not believe, those that try to ram their beliefs down your throat, those that blow up abortion clinics and shoot doctors. You’ve seen ‘em. So have I. Sure my religion proclaims Christ is the one true way to heaven. That’s what I choose to believe, if you choose not to, then ok, your choice. But I don’t feel the need to berate or belittle someone because they don’t agree. I don’t recall Jesus ever, ever acting the way some of these groups do. What Would Jesus Do indeed.
I personally have no problem with the tour. I wish I had two tickets so I could go, it would be great. But I don’t have any problems at all with Chevy sponsoring the event and helping spread the word of Christ. In fact, I hope it inspires a revolution and works the gospel into more media outlets from Madison Avenue to Hollywood. But some people just can’t see the big picture. “Let’s cut down that forest so we can see the trees!”
But this whole mess now begs the question: What Would Jesus Drive?