Let’s take a look back at the major communication breakthrough technologies of the past and how the Gospel used them. It will help us to see what is happening now and the new generation of ministry and ministers we have operational. 

The Roman Empire Road Technologies:
The Roman empire in its hey days introduced the concept of paved roads. The idea was to quickly move supplies to armies that were in campaigns in faraway lands. The horses and carriages could move much faster on paved roads than on muddy patches. This is the origin of the saying, “all roads lead to Rome”. This speed of  movement of logistics was the major reason for the dominance of the Roman Army and the economic boom of the Roman Empire. This facilitated the movement of people from one region to another. Apostle Paul took massive advantage of this efficient transport system  for personal evangelism and planting churches throughout the Roman empire.

The Printing Press And The Reformation:
Martin Luther made impact with his ability to print and distribute tracts and the German Bible to the common person. The evangelical (Gospel-spreading) movement among Christians in its current form first became established in the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain and the US. John Wesley (1703 - 1791), the founder of the Methodist Church published monographs which were used to draw followers to a new evangelical cause, simultaneously splintering existing Christian groups and adding to the global community of Christians. Although he began his career as a noted preacher, Wesley became an author with a popular following, publishing sermons in tract form. The power of the printing press invention would set off the Church in a whole new dimension. As the knowledge economy grew, the people were empowered, the Renaissance and the Reformation were driven by this democratization of knowledge.

Revivals in history used the prevalent media technology:
The Great Awakening in America was based on literature and publications.

Radio Evangelism:
Starting with the broadcast of  KDKA in Pittsburgh, USA from Calvary Episcopal Church on January 2, 1921. Radio played a very significant role in missionary push after World War 1. Remote villages could be reached without loss of lives and the many risks to on-the-ground missionaries. Radio was the first mass media communication and its impact on Church history is very significant.

TV Evangelism:
Billy Graham, already a renowned public speaker and radio preacher, was one of the first to make a successful transition from Radio to television. Graham had given himself a head start in telecasting when he filmed the events of an early crusade (the same crusade that helped to launch his radio career) and had them released as motion pictures and telecasts between 1950 and 1954. His first nationally-televised crusade generated 1.5 million letters to the broadcasting station, proving the effectiveness of the medium. 

What TV and Radio did for the church was to raise “media” personalities as icons.
Think of the most popular preachers you know today and the chances are they are popular because of their media reach and impact. Be it on the local scene or international scene, the best users of the mass media became the “Great Men and Women of God”.  Unfortunately, the failure of any of these icons also had a massive negative impact not just on their local churches, but on the Body of Christ, the Church universal. 

Now there is a major shift. A new move of God has started and I want you to know all about it and be a part of it.

To be continue

© CULTURALLY, SOCIALLY & POLITICALLY -RESPONSIBLE CHRISTIANITY
A DeepWords Special Publication

Have a great week ahead - Practice Responsible Christianity!

Post a Comment

Previous Post Next Post