Christians and media
Media is the plural of medium. Websters
defines it as "a channel or system of communication, information
Since 1455, when about 180 copies
of the first Gutenberg Bible rolled off the press in Mainz, Germany,
print media have been incredibly effective in conveying the message
of Gods love.
We received word of one Pentecostal
Evangel that had been read by 100 prison inmates. We have received
salvation coupons from magazines more than 4 years old, and other letters
referencing just-read magazines more than a decade old.
When my wife, Peggy, and I brought
Bibles into Iron Curtain countries in the 1980s, we saw the power of
the printed Word. Believers wept openly when handed their first-ever
Bible or Scripture portion. One entire small village had been converted
after one page of the Bible had come into someones possession
A letter received in our office
this May shows how the printed word may take a lengthy, circuitous route
to hit its mark. A believer from Ethiopia wrote for information on getting
the magazine after he saw his first copy. Our November 2, 1997, issue
on spiritual warfare was recently given to him by an unbeliever!
"I read it through every page; it is an inspiration from God,"
he wrote. I wonder most how it affected the unbeliever who gave him
the tattered, dog-eared copy (he sent a photocopy of the cover).
We have received letters from those
who have plucked Evangels from such places as a prison garbage
can (thank you Key Bearers and Light for the Lost) and an incinerator
in a military camp in Bosnia (the issue was read in a partially singed
Today, the gospel goes out over
more advanced media as well: radio, television and now CDs and the Internet.
Though all of these have tremendous potential for evil (as does print),
they are being used also to build Gods kingdom.
This issue examines how Christians
have made and are making an impact through media in a variety of ways,
including secular newspapers, network television and more.
Media are amoral
good nor bad. They are simply means to an end
ways to make ones
message available to other people. With the powerful message that Christians
have to share, we should make use of every means possible. The Bible
makes it clear that if Gods Word is communicated, it will not
return void (Isaiah 55:11).
And let us also affect the world
by placing Christians in influential positions in non-religious media,
to be salt and light and by praying for those who are there.