Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Media Missionary’s Dilemma
A friend of mine recently summed up what I call the Media Missionary’s Dilemma. I think it’s something that we all struggle with. He put it this way, “It’s an abstract concept. Although you’re right in what you are talking about, it’s difficult for people to grasp. Because of that, as media missionaries, it’s challenging to find supporters and the resources to do the work.” Our challenge is to find a way to take abstract concepts and turn them into tangible realities. Unfortunately, the media missionary’s journey cannot be summed up in a 30-second sound bite nor can it be reduced to one paragraph. No snappy mission statement can do it justice.
Let’s face it. There are easier areas to minister in. However, God called me to this one. Finding support for feeding the poor or building orphanages in third-world countries doesn’t require much of an explanation. But try talking to people about Hollywood as a mission field or raising support to send young people to be filmmakers in the mainstream industry and see how far you get.
People aren’t getting it. So how do we convey this very abstract concept of engaging culture by using mainstream media to plant Biblical and Christian concepts into movies, television programs, and all other forms of electronic media? I think that’s why God called me to write The Red Pill, The Cure for Today’s Mass Media Culture. Unfortunately, it took me 244 pages to explain the need and why the Body of Christ plays a major part in God’s plan to transform our culture through media.
I wish I had some easy answers for you. But you have picked a difficult journey. Like me, you’re probably still wondering how you get from Point A to Point B. Well, if you have any suggestions or if God has spoken to you, I can use your help as well. But take comfort. If God has called you to be a media missionary, it’s going to happen somehow. Just don’t expect it to be easy. But remember, God says he equips those he calls.