|Paul & Jan Crouch - Photo source|
Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), passed away on November 30th.
When I was in college, I would gather with some friends to watch TBN. We would sit and laugh and discuss the "theology" of Paul & Jan, Robert Tilton, and our personal favorite, Gene Scott.
In the summer of 1991, at the beginning of a summer internship in San Diego, I found myself in the prayer call center of TBN. How I got there, and why I was there, I still don't understand. We had been visiting with a biker church and this was something they did. Being interns, we just did what we were told to do.
As we sat in the call center watching the show live, we just kept praying that our phones would not ring! Honestly, to this day, I do not remember if I got a call. I'm sure that someone in our group did. All I remember was that it was one of the strangest experiences in my life.
And, I remember that my disdain for televangelists grew even more. While the set didn't look as opulent as it did on screen, it was obvious that there was money there. I had an idea who their target audience was that provided their rich lifestyle.
Since my early college days, I've lost interest in televangelists. I can only wait for the day when the millions of people that watch them lose interest as well.