Can’t you just wait for Monday?
January 11, 2008
The Game of Controversy. It’s a game that people like, that people can at the very least endure to see what might happen in the future. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a thing. A phenomenon that happens when tension arrives at the doorstep of our minds.
Any good speaker, pastor, newscaster, script writer,and even blogger knows that in order to capture peoples attention, there must be a focus on tension or controversy that the reader/viewer/listener expects sometime to be resolved. And so the best bloggers/speakers/writers create this great tension/controversy and make those who are listening crave for more.
Because people want controversy. They say they don’t. They say they want peace. But trust me, if Bush moves out of Iraq anytime soon, there will be someone else there waiting for the world to hate, and for the world to believe that they are the evil war villian. If someone finally does come who brings the world together, all Christ followers (of which I am proudly one) will question the situation and fight to make sure that the unifying leader is not also trying to unify the world against God. Why?
Because it’s the way the world was made by God, and. Because we want it.
It’s why the Roman emperors built a building where hundreds and thousands of people could watch as people fought one another, or just tortured one another. It’s why the NFL is the most popular sport in the United States right now and why around the world, people light other people on fire and beat the crap out of each other over 22 guys kicking around a ball. It’s also why soap operas, Lost, 24, and Greys Anatomy are so popular – The writers, producers, and directors are experts at creating unbelievable tension that makes the viewer crave more, and want to tune in next week.
It’s also why newscasters cast a vision of despair and demise that the given situation has a very small chance for a happy ending, and why pastors sometimes scream out that the “liberal media”hates them, when probably very few of the media actually hate them (probably just Katie Couric) and most just don’t understand them. The truth be told, there are times I don’t understand them either.
It comes down to our need for controversy and for tension. To the adrenaline that is shot into us everytime we arrive in or view or listen to a situation that requires our attention. This is not a bad or a good thing, it’s just a thing,and it’s also the reason why my 3 most viewed blogs in the last 4 months I’ve been blogging regularly have been the most controversial.
Wait till you see what I write about on Monday. You just wait!
Until next time…