There's a reason I titled this post "Camping vs. Family Radio." It's because they're not the same thing and they don't necessarily believe the same thing. There have been quite a few people pointing out the hypocrisy of Harold Camping/Family Radio's end of the world prediction for May 21, 2011, yet at the same time signing operations and advertising contracts that extend beyond the end of the world. Why not put your money where your mouth is? Then there are the people who say, "Wow, Family Radio has such great Christian programming. Outside of that nutjob Harold Camping, that is. I listen to everything but him." Then there are the self-appointed theology police among the Campingites who wonder how Camping allows such obvious doctrinal error on his station from the other programming.
I'm not an expert on Family Radio, and haven't paid much attention to them over the last ten years. But I do know that it started out as a partnership long before Camping developed his peculiar brand of theology. Yes, Camping is the president of Family Radio, and a co-founder, but he's not dictator. It's a corporation and there's a board of directors. There is a significant percentage of people who have worked at Family Radio over the years that do not follow Camping or his teachings, including some decision makers. I'm not privy to all the give-and-take or checks and balances at Family Radio, but I have personally known many people who have worked there. So, there are people there who knew the world wouldn't end and who knew their operating and advertising budget would need to continue next week and in the years to come. Many of these non-Campingites have had to endure the embarrassment of Camping's foolishness. So when you read some stories about Family Radio and have some quotes from employees who say they don't believe Camping and have never been pressured to do so, I believe them.
There have been people of other theology systems who work there. Calvinists who don't believe Camping, Arminians, charismatics, Roman Catholics, homosexuals. There are normal Christians who want to work in radio and want to play traditional music, or operate short wave, etc. Camping has a great control over his own programming, and thus can use Family Radio name to do it, but he doesn't own the whole ball of wax. And for that we can be thankful.
In my time at his church, I talked quite a bit with people who did or had worked at FR. Many of them had reservations about the spirituality or even salvation of the non-Campingites who worked there and wished Camping had more control over things. Anyway, this is just to say that Harold Camping and Family Radio aren't totally synonymous. More to come...
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