Something about "Christians" fighting tooth and nail for a small,
public station simply does not sit well with me. So, I contacted the
officials at Daystar. After a pleasant conversation with Alan
Bullock, who manages large donations and is the only person on the
Daystar website with a direct phone number listed -- as well as 16
easy ways to donate to Daystar -- I was told to submit my questions
So I did. My e-mail explained who I was and who I worked for and
what I was writing about.
"To be very honest, I am struck wondering why a Christian ministry
is fighting so doggedly for this little station," I wrote. "I am a
believer myself and often think that public fights such as these --
in which a Christian ministry refuses to simply turn the other cheek
and continues to waste its viewers' contributions on such nastiness
-- tends to put Christianity in a bad light."
I wrote that I was interested in how the contributions are used
and if the station is a nonprofit entity. I was also curious if the
money is used only for broadcasting or if it finds its way back to
the community in terms of service, etc.
What I received was a response from Marcus Lamb, Daystar's founder
and biggest television personality. He forwarded me the response he
had written to a Long Beach woman named Robin, who happened to be
"both ashamed and appalled" at the behavior of Daystar regarding the
pursuit of KOCE.
OK. Not quite what I was looking for but here it is:
"It is not fair that you rush to judgment without hearing the
other side of the story," Lamb wrote. "Would you want someone to do
that to you?"
Um, no, but I didn't rush to anything, I just asked a couple of
"You are correct [that the Bible clearly states that we are not to
sue our brother] but the five college trustees are not our Christian
brothers and don't claim to be," Lamb wrote.
Whoa. Talk about judging somebody without knowing the other side
of the story.
The following response actually fit at least one of the questions
I had asked, which was why continue the fight? Why not turn the other
cheek and move on?
"The will of God is not always accomplished the first time," Lamb