"...Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?" (from Luke 6:39)
Bradley Jay hosts a radio talk show during the "very early morning hours" on Boston's WBZ which is located at 1030 on the AM dial, and of course can be heard over the internet all over the world. (The show airs from Midnight to 5 a.m. Eastern time.) I have never listened to an entire broadcast of "Jay Talking" as it's formally called. I sometimes hear the first few minutes, but most often, I listen from about 3:45 to about 4:30.
Several times over the past few weeks, Bradley has brought up the topic of "religion". His main focus has been stating "the parts of the Bible that man made up" as compared with "the matters that really came from God". Most of my readers know I'm an Ordained Assemblies of God minister, and that prior to my Ordination, I was a seriously committed Christian layperson. I will say bluntly that much of what Bradley has had to say has been "off the wall". Lest anyone complain that I'm writing about Bradley Jay behind his back and that I should say all of these things to him, please be assured that I have. I've actually written Bradley Jay two letters over the past few months, and I've sent them to him via U.S. mail. In the letters, I address various matters he's brought up on the show, including religious matters. He has not responded. In fact, as bothersome as it is to hear an arrogant and self-appointed guy give a completely absurd rendition of Christianity and the Bible over the airwaves, the callers who respond to him usually make statements that are far more erroneous than anything he has to say!
Last night (or was it this morning?) he focused on the Ten Commandments. Bradley proclaimed which commandments were from God and which commandments weren't from God. No, there were not any lightning bolts that hit the 1170 Soldiers Field Road facility in Boston's Allston neighborhood around 4 a.m., but that's because God is a God of love, patience, and mercy! Bradley eliminated "Thou Shalt Not Covet" as well as "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery". Oh, and, the thing about not making any "Graven Image" got short shrift from him. I thought it was comical that during the 3 a.m. hour he threw out "Thou Shalt Not Covet" but that during the 4 a.m. hour, he decided he liked "Thou Shalt Not Covet" after all, so that made it back onto the list of Commandments From God. A female caller ran her mouth against "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" bringing out the fact that a lot of Biblical characters did commit adultery (and hey, a lot of them did! ) but she had some wrong information. She stated that Abraham had relations with a concubine and that this union produced the promised son Isaac. Wrong! Isaac, the promised son, was born of Abraham's wife Sarah during her old age. (Yes, his birth was a miracle as she was long past menopause.)
Lest anybody get the wrong idea, in some respects I do like Bradley Jay. His best shows are the programs in which he talks about the international and domestic trips he has taken on his vacations, and the programs in which he's told interesting stories from his youth. Regarding religion, Bradley's like most New Englanders: He hasn't got a clue! I honestly thought about calling Bradley and speaking to him over the air, but I was half asleep and would have preferred to have some notes in place in front of me to which I could refer. I did not want to be made to look foolish by him. One thing I would have said to him is that his conversation today reminded me so much of a conversation Jesus had with the Sadducees in Matthew chapter twenty-two. The Sadducees did not believe in angels and the Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection of the dead. I imagine that when they came to Jesus in an attempt to try to make Him look foolish, they must have sounded a lot like Bradley Jay! The Old Testament Law stated that if a man died and his wife was childless, his brother was to marry her to raise up descendants for the deceased. The Sadducees claimed that there were seven brothers. Due to this Old Testament Law, each was married to her! One would die, then she'd marry the next, then he would die and she'd marry the next, and so on! It ended up that she was married to all of them. Their Bradley Jay style question was: In the Resurrection, who will she be married to, for she had each of them as a husband? Jesus replied:
"...Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." (from Matthew 22:29).
Amen and amen!
That's Bradley's problem, and the problem of those like him. They greatly err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. Bradley thinks life should be a matter of people just being good and doing good. In this month in which we celebrate the Nativity, I wonder if Bradley has any idea why God sent His Son into this world? A thorough reading of the New Testament reveals that only perfect people go to Heaven. The purpose of the Ten Commandments, in fact, was to show us, how far short we fall; that we are sinners; that we have failed; that we can't and don't measure up. They were to show us that no matter how good we are, it's never good enough. Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for our sins- to be our Atonement. If we put our trust in Him, then due to His righteousness and not ours, we go to Heaven when we die. (See Galatians 3:24 which tells us the Law was our "schoolmaster" [or "tutor"] to bring us to Christ. See also Ephesians 2:8-9 and John's Gospel 1:12.)
To Bradley Jay, I would say: Stick to the travel/vacation stories! If you want to discuss the Bible, have someone like your friend "Father Brian" on to discuss the Bible with you. And, Merry Christmas!