Inspired by a letter from a listener, Keith takes a look at how God was viewed by a slice of the world in radio, history, and even music.
The Great Gildersleeve was definitely not a religious program, but the comedy proved it could mix well with religion. Check out Great Gildersleeve – Easter Sunrise Service. 520409 to see how they did it in Summerfield. Though Keith doesn’t include it here, be sure to listen to the full program to hear Birdie sing a spiritual that says it all. . At least the Good Friday part. The fact they’re participating in a Sunrise service gives a nod to the rest of the story, which is where the real power and hope of Easter resides.
The influence of God was acknowledged in the realm of radio, but historical events that featured God weren’t covered up. There’s some quirky comments from our friends in the small house halfway up the next block. After Russel’s Sunday School teacher flexes her muscle, we get a treat from the Family Doctor. Gossip is a dangerous thing that could lead to more than just hurt feelings. In the end, Doc, and his gossiping patient know the bible better than most. Besides the showcased episode, be sure to give a listen to Family Doctor – The Decision. ep38, 1932 for some soul searching in prayer.
Finally we wrap up with a musical treat from Hank Williams. He wasn’t known for a personal walk with God, but he wrote some amazing hymns, and performed them for his fans who loved them. He rose above any personal discomfort in singing songs like that, and did it for the fans. Now that’s a special kind of dedication. Keith shares a parting word from World War 1 veteran and champion of children’s programming for decades, Smiling Ed Maconnel.