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E-MESS: Praising the Obamas

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E-Mess-smileyI was absolutely disgusted this morning to hear the segment of your show devoted to the “praise” of Michelle Obama on some late night talk show.

First, let me remind you that the majority of your listening audience is conservative, who are not voting for Obama. Next, before you praise Michelle, please try to remember what her and husband represent the murder of unborn children and the promotion of homosexual lifestyles, something you as Christians should be against.

Also, please think twice before insulting Mitt Romney for not appearing “human” because he does not appear on secular talk shows and answer meaningless questions about sports and other nonsense. These shows do not make people look more human, they distract from what is important and it appears you have bought into that.

People listen to your show and look for guidance on some issues. Telling them that the Obamas are great people and de-humanizing Mitt Romney is something I thought I would never hear on your station.

I will not be listening to your show any longer. Why don’t you call Michelle and maybe she will come on for an interview and you can tell her for yourself how great she is.

Thank You

Wally-E-Mess-iconI really thought you were kidding at first but I don’t think you are. I make far more jokes about the Obama’s than I do praise them. I actually voted for Mitt Romney so I am a conservative republican.

I am sorry if you do not agree with my assessment of candidates or their wives on late night TV. It is no secret that Mitt’s people actually have tried to make him seem more human and connected with the common man. It was a perception that he had. Like it or not perception is reality for people.

We actually talked about him appearing more statesman like for not going on them but I fear by that time you were already blinded by your hatred of the Obama’s and us for talking about them that you missed that.

No one was dissing Mitt and again we are all voting for him.

I can never win I get called conservative by liberals and liberal by conservatives because I will tease each side or praise them when they do well. I think if you concede certain things like someone coming across well on a talk show, even to an opponent, it gives you more credibility when you take them apart for something that matters more.

That is just my take and if you feel the need to no longer listen, I get that. I will say I wish you had not gone to the nuclear option of not listening before having a conversation but I can tell you are very passionate.

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Wally:

I appreciate your response. I have never been blinded by my hatred for the Obama’s. It just seems to me that every time I turn on the TV or radio all I hear is praise for these guys in the mainstream media. However, I hear that Mitt is a monster that allows people to die from cancer and wants to deprive women of medical services.

It just appeared to me that all of you were lifting Michelle up and praising her for answering softball questions from a light night comedian. I guess I am just too sensitive.

I do appreciate your humor and hope and pray that you never lose that quality. I apologize for my knee-jerk reaction. Of course I will still listen and wish you and your staff all the best. I will try to control my reaction in the future and learn to take things cum grano salis.

God Bless

E-MESS: Hate mongering

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E-Mess-smileyI love your Music but was saddened this morning by your HATE mongering regarding gay marriage, shame on you, that is not what Jesus would want WALLY! I will no longer listen to your show!

Wally-E-Mess-iconAre you kidding me!? I take heat for not hating on gay people. I cannot believe that was your take away. How did you miss me saying instead of going to chick-fil-a to make a point about gay marriage, go to chick-fil-a with someone who believes differently and have a conversation with them. That is how we learn is from communication.

As far as gay marriage don’t get mad at me, I didn’t write the Bible. I don’t think gay marriage is the biggest problem facing society. I talked about this on the show as well. I think heterosexual divorce inside our church does far more damage than gay marriage ever will.

So forgive me if I am a little taken back by you saying I am “hate mongering.” While that may be your perception that was not my intention or accurate. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Again, people come after me for not condemning gays. While I don’t agree with the lifestyle, it is not my place to judge. I will let God do that. I don’t think a person struggling with homosexuality is any worse than all of my sin. I need to worry about my relationship with God rather than judge others.

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E-MESS: Prattle

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E-Mess-smileyWally, your station has blessed me many times with your honesty that I feel is so necessary to present a true message of the gospel and the life for death message of the cross of Our Lord, Jesus. What’s with all the ‘prattle’? Not an attractive thing to me or to our God.

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Wally-E-Mess-iconDon’t know what specifically you view as prattle, but I do know what you might call prattle has a purpose.

For example, I had two different women at the same event just thank me for the silly things we do because they both lost their husbands and the laughter is helping them heal.

If that is prattle I will take it. I really feel God uses the silly as much as the serious to help people.

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E-MESS: Hate for God

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E-Mess-smileyHello Wally and crew I am writing you because I’m full of hate for God.

I recently gave birth to my daughter. She was still born at 2lb. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through and it’s making my heart fill with hate.

I don’t want to lose my faith but day by day I feel it slipping away as i drift darker and darker into depression. My husband and I can’t hardly look at each other without getting into a fight. We’re both trying to except the fact are daughter is in a better place in haven.

We already have 2 wonderful children God has blessed us with and I am truly grateful for them. I just need prayers that we can over come this. So if you guys could just pray that I find it in my hart to forgive God.

I just can’t help but think I’m being punished for something I did wrong. I’m her mother I was to keep her from harm and I failed her miserably.

Wally-E-Mess-iconFirst off, let me preface anything I say with I cannot understand exactly what you are going through and I won’t pretend to. No one could unless they have lost a child. That said, and looking at this from the outside, here are some thoughts.

First, from others I have talked to the stuff with you and your husband is normal. It is not good, but it is normal. You guys have to get on the same page because losing your daughter is bad enough, but losing your marriage and affecting your kids is another tragedy.

Sadly, this happens to people who don’t notice the signs. I really hope and pray that you guys can get on the same page and help each other through this unimaginable situation. There is no real playbook for this, you guys have to find your way and as crazy as it seems it can strengthen you instead of tearing you apart if you work together.

As for God. He is not punishing you for anything in your past, and there are some things unfortunately as parents we can’t protect our kids from.

I do not know why bad things happen to good people. I wrestled with that for many years. The point I got to was that it is just the price of living here on earth. There is beauty and there is pain. God doesn’t answer every prayer like was ask. If he did there would be no death because we never pray for anyone to die it is always for someone to be healed.

I think the problem for us is we do not see the whole picture and how any good can come from something so horrible like losing a child. In the moment no one wants to hear that because it hurts so bad, and I get that.

In the Bible Jesus was once asked about a man who was crippled who sinned, his parents or him. Jesus answered neither it was so that God would be glorified through that man.

It could be the same for you. Something horrible has happened and people who do not know God will look at how you handle this and it will show them that God is bigger than even the worst thing most of us can imagine.

The choice is up to you do you blame God and run from him or run to him to help you get through this. God never promises us no pain. In fact, he actually says there will be pain, but in that he promises that he will help us get through it.

I know you probably don’t want to hear any of this but I just wanted to address your questions based on what I have learned over the years through my own failures, fears and anger at God. I know that getting angry with God doesn’t lead to a good place. It will consume you and in the end will not change the reality of the life you are living.

I really hope and pray that you can find you way through this and that you will feel God’s peace that passes our understanding. You and your family will be in my prayers for sure.

I hope this helps a little

Take care
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E-Mess-smileyI wrote to you back in July when i lost my daughter and I’m writing you now to thank you for all you have done to heal my soul and bringing me back to God.

Every morning I listen to you on the radio and it somehow helps. The show lifts my soul and has brought me close then ever in my relationship with God. For the first time in six years my husband has gone to church.

God has a purpose for all of us. I have come to the realization that my daughter’s purpose in life was bigger then I could have ever imagined. Her death saved my husband and he was baptized and excepted Christ as his savor.

My husband used to hate that I always had you on in the morning and now he doesn’t miss it. So thank you for being a man of God and helping so many people.

I’ve also feel that it’s my turn to spread the word so I’ve decided to go with my church to Haiti to help build a church. It is my job as a Christian to help those in need as I was helped in my time of need.

So once again thank you for all you and your crew do for all of us in the world who are inspired every morning to live life in Christ. Thanks.

E-MESS: Am I Christian enough?

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E-Mess-smileyWally, first I want to say I really enjoy listening to your show. You make me laugh, cry, and help me along during difficult times.

I sponsor a child through Compassion International and am going to visit her. I’m so very excited but as the time gets closer I am also very nervous.

What I’m nervous about is am I a good enough Christian to meet with my child? I’ve not lived the best life. I have tattoos and body piercings.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t believe in God. I’m a born again Christian and I know that there is a God and I know He’s taking care of me and got me through rough times. I know He is the one that guided me to want to sponsor a child and is the one that helped me get the money together so that I can actually go visit her.

But I don’t go to church on a regular basis, mostly because I haven’t found one that I feel welcome. I don’t read the Bible very often; a lot of that is my own fault because I don’t schedule time properly; I simply don’t always make time for God the way that I should. I try to do my best and do good things so that I can show that there is a loving God.

So I guess my question to you is am I worrying for nothing? Is it okay to have tattoos and body piercings and still be a good Christian and still be worthy to go spend time with my child?

Thank you for your time.

Wally-E-Mess-iconIt is funny you would ask if you are Christian enough after you have done what Jesus told us to do and that is to take care of the widows and orphans. You acted like Jesus and I don’t know how much more Christian you can get than that.

The way you look doesn’t define you. God always looks at the condition of our hears. I would encourage you to find a church that you feel comfortable in because it will help your faith grow which ultimately will help you better understand who Christ is and who you are in him.

I hope you have a great trip. Meeting your child is so cool and don’t worry about being good enough. Trust me it will be such a treat for them to meet you. You have no idea the difference that will make in their life.

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E-MESS: Is Beiber a Christian?

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E-Mess-smileyDear Wally,
First off I want to let you know how much I love and learn from you. I just want to say that you only have one flaw.

I have been listening to the podcast from in 2011, and I heard you speak about Justin Bieber, and how you think that he could be a Christian. I know it’s not our job to judge people, but there is nothing in his life, right now, that would make me believe that have is a Christian.

If he were a saved believer he would would live his life to serve God and not be so consumed with the things of the world. I think that he is also giving non-believers a bad impression of what a Christian is supposed to act like.

Again I love you and laugh my face off every time I listen to.

Wally-E-Mess-iconI have been saved for years but lived long periods of my life that did not glorify God but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t saved. That is why I don’t judge others’ salvation on actions. Only God can judge the heart.

I have also seen Bieber do some things that are very Godly so in the end we all have good days and bad days in our faith. That is just my take.

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E-MESS: Insensitive joke

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E-Mess-smileyWally, I am a faithful supporter and listener. With that being said, I was truly startled as I turned into my work parking lot this morning as you and your co-host made jokes in regards to Rodney King’s death….specifically, the comment that it’s ironic how his family called the cops for help and how sticks (batons) were not involved this time.

Maybe it’s just me, but I was a bit alarmed and thought it was both too soon and inappropriate and insensitive to make such a comment. I want to believe no harm was intended, but want to express that harm was done.

I know that if your family member was just found at the bottom of a pool, you wouldn’t be receptive to any joke about their death. In addition, you never know if one of his family members may have been listening and was hurt by your comments.

I do love your show, but just ask that you use caution in your jokes and at least attempt to be sensitive when they involve the death of someone. That just didn’t exhibit the love of Christ at all.

Wally-E-Mess-iconYeah that was on me. I was just thinking out loud. I was not intending to make fun of Rodney King’s death cause before that I talked about the tragedy of how his life went. It was just a random thought that hit me.

That is the tough part of my job. I speak off the cuff. I am sorry if this hit you wrong. I even cringed a little after I said that and thought I am going to get a few emails on that. Fortunately, yours is the only one I got so hopefully I didn’t stick my foot too far in my mouth. I appreciate your thoughts on this and the way you approached this situation.

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E-Mess-smileyThanks Wally. I truly appreciate your reply. You keep me screaming in laughter every day, so it’s nice to know you do care and can have compassion as Christ calls us to. Have a great remainder of your week. I’ll still be listening tomorrow….as usual. :

Wally-E-Mess-iconThanks for being so cool.

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E-MESS: Cheesy Christian Radio

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E-Mess-smileyHey Wally,
As a guy who has been all over the radio industry, I was wondering, in your professional opinion, why most of Christian and/or Family Radio is so cheesy?

You guys really do have a unique show and station as it is the least cheesy Christian station I have ever heard. You have an almost cheese free show which is amazing.

I know that fact turns a few people off but that may be because some people have been stuck in the Christian ghetto subculture so long they wouldn’t know a good show if it hit them in the face.

For 3 and a half years I did a “clean” radio show in college blending both secular and christian music. My goal was to provide music and a show that was way better than anything I heard at the time. Granted this was only college radio and I had fun playing music I like to the guys in county jail. Our only listeners I think.

So back to my original question. Why is most Christian Radio so Cheesy? How can it be fixed and should it?

Thanks for listening, keep up the good work and please play less Tomlin.

Wally-E-Mess-iconFirst off thank you and secondly it is so cheesy because you have to have really thick skin and a company to put up with all the initial push back. I was hated here for years because humor is the hardest thing to do in this format because it is so subjective and many people who listen to this format have no sense of humor. Thanks so much for getting what we are trying to do with the show.

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E-MESS: Earning salvation

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E-Mess-smileyWhy is it that my good deeds, when fueled by my own desire to simply be a good person and “do right by my fellow man,” are not valid in the eyes of the Lord (according to the guidance I’ve been receiving lately from multiple different sources) unless I first accept Him as my Savior? If he can see into my heart, shouldn’t he be able to see the purity of it – even if it IS clouded by the recesses of my mind?

I live a pretty straight-arrow lifestyle. I stop completely at STOP signs, I hold doors for people, I do all of the common-sense things that I believe make me as non-hypocritical as I can be. I don’t “do as I say, not as I do.” I try to lead by example. However, I am not saved as of yet. I can’t make that final step. I can’t seem to just let go and … believe. I WANT to. I seek peace and quiet. Yet something stops me.

My heart hurts because above and beyond all else, I still feel like I’m being led to do something, despite my reservations to become a full-blown “believer.” I’m supposed to be leading a people right now. That’s what I feel in my heart. What people? To where? To do what? I don’t know. And thus adds to my confusion and well… MORE confusion.

How can I walk in footsteps where I am not sure I deserve to step? What if I am just seeking purpose where there is none in an effort to comfort myself with a feeling of belonging? Why is this so hard for me? Is it that I’m resisting being “broken?” Have you EVER heard of someone feeling these things? Am I alone?

Ok, so maybe I had more than just one question. 😉 I don’t expect ALL the answers from you (whew!) but you always seem to have an outlook on things that I could see mirroring my own, were I to be where you are now. Any guidance you feel comfortable offering is so greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Wally-E-Mess-iconI am so glad you are asking questions and I will try my best to answer you. First off, it is great that you want to do all these good things and want to leave this world a better place. That is all good, and I don’t think God sees that as invalid.

However, the good stuff we do in life has no bearing on salvation. You mentioned all the things you do that make you a good person, but this is what makes Christianity different from all other world religions. The beauty of Christianity is that it is NOT about what we do for God, but rather what he did for us. We don’t have to work our way to salvation.

I can’t think of anything more frustrating than trying everyday to earn our salvation. The reality is we are all human and make mistakes everyday. Imagine if your eternity was based on solely doing more good than bad and if you were ever just a little out of balance when you died. It would all be for nothing.

The Bible talks about how none of us are worthy and salvation is the gift of God. There is nothing we could do on our own to earn our salvation, that is why Jesus died for our sins. We don’t have to kill ourselves worrying if we have been good enough or not. All we have to do is be forgiven.

Obviously, following God is not about cheating the system and seeing what you can get away with, but rather it is about aligning our hearts with Gods. Doing that should result in a change in our behavior, but that is an ongoing process that takes time.

I understand what it is like feeling like there has to be something more. That missing thing is God. We try filling that void with so many things in our lives even with good stuff. We can volunteer and do good things yet still feel empty, it sounds crazy but it’s true.

Salvation is not this wild mystery. It is simply asking God to forgive you for the junk in your life, and realizing that you need Jesus for salvation. The crazy thing is surrendering our life and will to God actually results in peace. When we let God have control over our lives it results in peace like you have never experienced before.

It took me time too till I was ready to surrender my will to God’s. I had all these questions I felt I needed answered first and it wasn’t till i realized God doesn’t worry about that stuff. He just wants us to come to him like we are broken bruised whatever and he will transform us if we open our hearts to him.

I hope this makes some sense, but please email me any time with any further questions you have.
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E-MESS: Pushing your kids

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E-Mess-smileyWally,

I was listening to you this week when you were saying that it is wrong for parents to encourage or “push” their kids. I could not disagree more.

The job of parent is tough enough without a dis-jockey from a very large and well known multiple market radio station who is unfortunately a strong influence on many kids, sloshing such liberal views to our kids and just “beating the dead horse” until you feel like you have won your point.

You were way off base,

Another concerned parent

Wally-E-Mess-iconI never said not to encourage or push our kids. I said to be honest with them. Don’t lie to them and tell them they are the best singer in the world if they are not. If they love music, find ways they can be involved with it if they can’t sing.
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