Let’s talk transparency on Christian radio. Think about its purpose and the different ways to be transparent. Recently, some really talented radio people have said to me, “I don’t know how to share my personal life on the air.” So it got me thinking about the why of transparency.
Two premises we could think about:
1) If you open up to people, they will open up to God.
2) Knowing and loving God is the most important thing.
If those two things are true and if you are called to Christian radio, then it’s worth the effort to consider artistic and God-honoring transparency. Maybe fear of being too transparent keeps you from trying. Sometimes people have been too transparent with you and it was like they barfed on you. You don’t want to do that.
Brush against your life.
My first thought on transparency is: do the personal work of becoming a healthy, honest person off-air. You may have already done this work, or are in the process of this kind of work, but it takes opening up to others. Maybe it’s a trusted friend or family member, an accountability partner, a therapist, a spiritual coach, a life coach, a 12-step group, a trusted small group Bible study – whatever works for you, find a place to be really honest, to heal, and to grow.
Then bring to your show things that are healed (or in the process of healing) and brush against them on-air. Find words to communicate the universal truth of your life and/or suffering. You don’t barf or bleed on them. But you sit beside them and you share your humanity and point towards Him. You take your life that is hammered out or in the process of becoming healthy in Him and you point towards the listener’s life and Jesus.
Consider the value of becoming honest, embracing your humanity, and how that could lead to hope in Christ for a listener someday. Because if you can connect them to Him, they can find healing and true life. But start with you and Him, and honest, deep healing.
Then brush against it on-air. Your story is about the listener.
Something to think about: There’s more value in your wounds and scars than you know. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 in the Message