Wednesday 30 August 2006
Believe it - or not
Talk Radio 702 is Joberg's no. 1 news and information station. I know that because it says so on their "proudly South African" website. One of 702's shows, broadcast on Sunday nights, is called Believe it or Not, dealing with religious issues, and recently it featured an phone hook-up with "Pastor David Pack" in far off Ohio. Yes, that's Big Dave, folks. I would have missed this gem, but thankfully the ever-vigilant Gary Scott provided a link on XCG.
Kate Turkington, the 702 host, had it seems come across the RCG website. As she was planning a program on the Beast of Revelation theme, she decided to rope in "Pastor Dave."
The interview is worth a listen, if only to hear the credulous host say: "the church's flagship magazine, The Real Truth, and his audio program, The World to Come, have an audience of millions, apparently; reach every nation, including heads of state, other leaders in government, religion, education, industry and the media." Maybe she was just reading straight off the Pack website.
But, uh, heads of state? Leaders in religion? Who, Dave? It seems the big fellah regularly sips green tea with the Dalai Lama and drops by Downing Street to gnosh on Cherie's cucumber sandwiches. Or perhaps Aussie PM John Howard makes a habit of slipping out of caucus meetings to download Dave's sermons (come to think of it, that'd explain an awful lot!) I had no idea.
Anyway, the show proceeds, and then the interviewer interjects a Pulitzer Prize question:
Q. Are you nice people Pastor, or are you sort of Bible thumping terrorists - are you nice?
A. We're the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. We're the farthest thing from Bible thumping terrorists you can imagine...
So there you have it. I repent in dust and ashes, for until Dave pointed this out I had indeed regarded him as a Bible thumper and spiritual terrorist of the worst sort. Truth is, it seems, Dave is the embodiment of sweet Christian humility and grace.
As the program title says...
Believe it, or not.