According to a report in this week’s Radio Times, John Humphrys and Justin Webb do not like Thought for the Day on Radio 4’s Today Programme.
Veteran presenter Humphreys said the slot was often “deeply, deeply boring” and suggested that it was an unnecessary feature in the programme’s schedule. Webb said that they are all roughly the same, saying something like “If everyone was nicer to everyone else, it would be fine.” They also think it does not represent the majority of the population who have no religion at all.
There is of course an unprofessional arrogance in their complaints which assume that a kind of benign atheism is the only thing anyone wants to hear about but nonetheless, many Christians would agree with them about TFTD, although not quite for the same reasons.
Thought for the Day often has no cutting edge because it does not really apply Biblical Christianity to the lives of people today. With a few exceptions, the speaker will mention something about God and a moral lesson that offends no-one but is of interest to very few. At worst, some actually say things that contradict the message of Jesus Christ.
What people really need to hear is a ‘Thought for the Day’ that lifts them from the mundane routine of getting up, turning on the radio and listening to politicians and scientists trying to tell them what to think. People need to hear what God wants to say to them. We don’t need less Christianity on TFTD but more real, life-giving, life-changing Christianity – more about the historical Jesus and the lasting peace and hope that comes through following him. And that’s well worth a lot more than 2 minutes 45 seconds.
For a link to a Premier Christianity blog and radio interview on this topic click here