Wednesday, May 10, 2006

People Media

Today's Topic: Tools and Techniques

We live in a mediated world. All communication requires a medium. We always need some sort of device to transfer ideas between people. Even in our closest relationships, we can't read each other's minds. Just ask any husband or wife. We need to speak, to write, to draw, to communicate via a medium of some sort.

God is not like us, however. He is not limited to communicating via media. He knows our thoughts from afar. He can speak to our minds directly, and individually, even if we are not alone. Being the greatest evangelist in the universe, God could teach people the gospel and save them without help from anything or anyone in this world.

However, God is not like us! In God's independent pursuit of his own glory, he has chosen to entrust his message to the church. He has called his people to be the media of his gospel.

Why do I bring this up? As I discuss media tools and their most effective uses for the gospel, I need to remind myself that all my labor to create better videos, greater mixes, more useful websites, more engaging dramas will have little foundation if I am not taking my responsibility for personal evangelism seriously.

Let's be real, here. For most of us, including me, it's easier to sit behind a computer and type a script or edit a video than to build friendships with neighbors and faithfully share the truth of Jesus Christ with them.

And yet we -- all believers in Jesus Christ -- we are the primary media that God has chosen to communicate the gospel. Our words and our lives are the sound systems and the video clips and the blogs and the radio programs that unbelievers really notice.

They will watch our lives more closely than they watch our art.

What message are you communicating? Is it the good news of salvation from God's wrath through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross?
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Ernie Stevenson said...

Very good analogy. I know many times I teach about media and technology being a tool for evangelism, teaching, worship etc. But we are the tool that God wants to use.
Thank you.

Greg Davis said...

I agree and thanks for the reminder!