I don’t always listen to Christian music. I’ve mentioned before how I feel about it. There is a lot of music playing on the Christian radio stations that I believe are not theologically correct nor even truly worshipful. I joke, but I am not really, when I say I get more spiritual meaning out of some songs that play on 93.1 (the local MIX station) than I do from some Christian music. I joke, but I’m serious.
But this post is not about Christian music in general; its about one Christian radio station in particular: KLOVE. KLOVE has stations all across the nation and October appears to be one of their pledge drive months.
I fully support giving to Christian organizations when God has called you to support them. We all have different talents, gifts, and desires in His work; therefore we all will react differently to the calls for spiritual and financial help. I have a heart for children and so I tend to gravitate towards ministries that help them. I know people with a heart for Israel. I like to know what is going on there just as they may like children. While God may call us to financially or spiritually support a different group than our heart’s group; our first inclination is to our group.
So while I like Christian music, what’s my problem with KLOVE? Its because KLOVE is preying on people’s flesh and soul; not their spirit. I was fine with their fundraising until I turned on the radio about a week ago and one of the DJs was telling this story and referenced a phrase that a Scottish minister had told his congregation. It basically said that if you didn’t give your money freely then he doubted your salvation. I really wish I had the whole quote because it was wonderful. It was like a nail in my heart and it opened my eyes. Until I realized that KLOVE was using it in reference to themselves – and the idea that if we didn’t give THEM money freely…. well you can finish the logical conclusion. It immediately disgusted me and I started griping to God about them.
But I decided that maybe I was being uncharitable. I don’t listen to the radio much, but each time since then I’ve been disgusted whenever one of the DJ’s come on the air. Not once have I heard them say “Pray about it giving to KLOVE” – its been “Give us money” It’s been (and I *think* this is an exact quote) – “I have a hard time believing that there aren’t more listeners who can’t afford $20 a month” (That one made me so sick to my stomach).
Well I’ve been debating about whether or not to post my thoughts. I’m opinionated as you have figured out. I thought, well if I do I won’t mention the station. And I’ve thought … nah, its not worth griping about.
But I decided to google KLOVE Fundraising to see if maybe other people have been as annoyed as I have and I came across this blog from May 2009 –
I joined http://guidestar.org to verify the author’s results. I’m not sure where he got that the CEO of KLOVE got over $283,000 in 2007 because according to the 2008 form 990 – his total compensation is well over $600,000.
Granted, that includes health insurance, etc…. but his compensation is over $600,000. His compensation is over $600,000. His compensation is over $600,000. It takes 2,500 listeners giving $20 a month a whole year to pay his compensation.
Oh, and KLOVE had a revenue of 20 million dollars. Wonder where that money goes? I’m serious. If anyone can explain to me why an organization that “exists to promote the gospel throughout the world” is raking in $20 million dollars, I would love to know. If they aren’t truly raking it in, where is it going? Its not going to employee compensation or tower upkeep. Those were listed under expenses. Seriously. Check out the Form 909.