Most American evangelicals are immersed in a Christian media bubble that — in spoken word or print — delivers the faithful message: “God loves you, and sent his Son to die for your sins.”
But do others see the gospel alive in us? Do they see “living epistles” — living love letters? Or do they only hear clanging cymbals?
In the Middle East, where war, suffering and turmoil make daily headlines, many are spiritually confused by the competing religious messages relayed by Muslims, Jews and Christians alike. How are they to filter genuine faith from religious propaganda? How are they to know what’s true and what’s false?
People first need to be convinced that what Christians are “selling” is actually real. Does this Jesus really turn hate to love? Does he really bring peace amid chaos? Does he really heal the deepest hurts? Does he offer genuine hope in a sea of hopelessness?
Satellite television, with its striking visual images, is a powerful channel to advance the gospel, reaching millions in the Middle East in their own homes. Instead of adding to the waves of religious chatter, television like SAT-7 shows viewers across the Middle East that the Christian faith is a life and a lifestyle that’s totally different from anything they’ve seen before. It broadcasts “living epistles” — making visible through the lives of Middle East Christians an up-close-and-personal faith that’s not merely a set of formal doctrines or decrees, but a passionate “living love letter” from God to mankind.
When viewers actually see Christians living out their faith, and not just talking about it in abstract terms, they identify with the realness of the gospel. Their hearts are pierced by the power of these “living epistles” — real people like 13-year-old Myriam, an Iraqi Christian who, during a live broadcast, powerfully forgave Islamic State (ISIS) militants for driving her family out of their home.
Right now, many people in the Middle East — the “cradle of the Christian faith” — are asking the difficult questions: “Why are we suffering like this?” “Is there a God?” “If there’s a God, does he really care about me?”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rex Rogers