I Need a Shower

I was at the gym last night, working on the treadmill. My usual habit is to listen to stuff on my iPod Shuffle, a mix of Country & Western, 70’s Rock, 90’s Folk Music, Spike Jones, Contemporary Christian, A Capella African Christian, Jazz, and sermons. Ok, so there’s no real coherent theme there.

In front of the treadmill are 3 TVs. I don’t watch them much, preferring to listen to stuff of my own choosing, but sometimes there’s a football or basketball game that gets my attention, or some new clip that’s interesting.

Last night, though, everytime I lifted my head and caught a glimpse of the TV, I was nauseated by the choices we had. If God decides it’s time for a god ol’ smiting in the manner of Sodom and Gomorrah, I’m going to get me a front row bleacher seat and sit there nodding my head, saying “Yup. Coulda seen that coming.”

My 3 choices last night were –

a) CNN showing a 30 minute special on how beneficial atheists are to our country, how Christians oppress them, and how we should be ready for an atheist President by now;

b) A local news channel that alternated between showing Anna Nicole Smith’s cleavage and covering the story of an NBA player that’s announced he’s homosexual;

c) A sitcom called Wife Swap that put a Christian Mennonite woman in the home of an alcoholic punk rock family. They made the good people look bad, and the bad people look good.

After working out and watching that garbage, I needed a shower. Yuck.

5 thoughts on “I Need a Shower”

  1. Wait wait wait…I agree with you on the first two, but at the end of the wife swap show the punk rock husband talked about how the experience had helped him renew his relationship with God and how much better his life was because of it. And the Mennonite wife came off as a really warm, caring, sensible woman with a great sense of fun.

    Um, not that I watch that stuff or anything.


  2. Oh, no, Jo. Not you, too? I thought you had better things to do with your brain cells.

    I’m glad it ended well, I was trying hard not to watch, but most of what I saw, like the Christian woman making the heathen children cry because she wanted to play family games with them, was icky.


  3. And another thought. Has it occurred to anyone other than me that it’s rapidly devloping that Christians are being defined “out” of the definition of “American”? And, ultimately, is that all bad? Would you rather be defined as an “American” or as a Christian? And if you find it increasingly uncomfortable to be labelled an “American”, then why do so many Christians continue to send their children to “American” schools, (i.e., Public Schools)?


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