Talk Show Hosts Who Talk About Themselves
I watched James Robison interview Dr. Ben Carson.
Robison’s “Life Today” show is 30 minutes long, but really only about 15 – 20 minutes when you consider he devotes that last 10 to 15 of every episode asking for donations to build water wells in Africa.
Robison is guilty of a habit I’ve seen other hosts fall into: he will invite a guest on his show to presumably talk about the guest, but he winds up talking about HIMSELF while the guest sits there mute for 90% of the time he’s on.
Why would you bother having guests on your show if you won’t let them talk, or ask them questions about them?
Robison again used this guest as a spring board to discuss his favorite topic: himself, especially his early years. He never misses an opportunity to tell viewers his mom was raped at age 40/41, got pregnant with him, he grew up in poverty without a father.
I would hope that talk show hosts understand if they have a guest on, they should let their guest do most of the talking. But this was another episode where we heard less from the guest and more from the host.
I don’t have any answers for these topics I’m raising; I’m only ranting about a couple of topics that have been annoying me the last few years.
I was watching Hal Lindsey’s Bible prophecy show this evening. I usually like this guy’s teachings (or used to; over the years, I’ve lost some interest in Bible prophecy. One can only stand hearing oh- so- many “the world is ending soon!” type lectures and attempts to figure out who the Anti Christ is before it all gets a little old).
Lindsey was explaining today why sometimes a Christian’s prayers may go unanswered – and I’ve also seen pastor Charles Stanley, other Christian television personalities, and Christians online say the same thing – that is, if your prayers are going unanswered, it could be because you have “unconfessed sin” in your life (they also dole out other possible reasons).
This is a variation of a troubling, annoying, infuriating theme I see among Christians from time to time, from preachers and from Christian family, friends, and acquaintances.
Blame The Victim
Any time one approaches these people with any of life’s disappointments, let downs, struggles, regrets, heart aches, and questions of, “Why doesn’t God do “X” for me, I’ve been praying about it for years?,” these sorts of Christians begin reeling off a list of reasons, such as, “You must have unconfessed sin in your life!,” “You must not have enough faith,” or some such rationale.
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