For those who watch Tomorrow’s World on WGN…

So many of you have been telling me that you are looking forward to seeing my “rookie” Tomorrow’s World telecast this weekend, and I can’t thank you enough for your expressions of love and encouragement.  It has really been humbling.  “Thank you” seems to fall so incredibly short, but I hope that “thank you” will do since your kindness has put me at a loss for words (and as my wife might say, that’s not an easy task!).  Really — thanks, so much.

I actually saw the rookie telecast, myself, for the first time a few weeks ago, or so.  Watching that felt like having a root canal.  (I know — I’ve had quite a few!).  It is sooooo tempting to list here all the things that I saw and winced at, but I think that would be a bit of “reverse vanity.”  Suffice it to say that I was reminded of my very first week in college — specifically one particular moment when my roommate and I were doing something dumb (not immoral, just dumb), and a guy poked his head out of the dorm and said, “Y’all are freshman, aren’t you?”  Watching the telecast, I couldn’t help but think, “What a freshman!”  [It has definitely taught me many lessons, though, and let me strongly encourage the sermonette & sermon giving men in my area to take the time to listen to tape recordings of yourselves and your messages.  It is humbling, but you’ll learn much!]

Anyway, I wanted to let those who watch Tomorrow’s World on WGN know that my telecast will not be airing this weekend on that particular station.  Mr. Pyle called me earlier this week to let me know that the reviewers at WGN contacted Charlotte and said that my comments on abortion and partial birth abortion were way too strong.  It would seem that they feared receiving too many complaints and “pulled the trigger,” so to speak, on that particular telecast.  Apparently this is the first time they have done this with us.  We will still have a broadcast this weekend on WGN, but it will be a repeat.

As far as I know, no other stations have made the same decision, so it looks as though only WGN will be effected.  For those interested, there should be a TV log on the back of your Tomorrow’s World magazine that lists available stations, or you could check to see if the website has been updated with stations in your area.

In the meantime, please pray for both boldness and wisdom & savvy on the part of those who work to proclaim the gospel to the world — not just those seen or heard on the television and radio broadcasts, but everyone involved in that effort: editors, layout artists, sound engineers… you name it.  It’s God’s Work, and it deserves our passionate prayers!  But pray, too, for those stations that are willing to carry us.  As society continues its downward slide, it will take more and more courage on the part of program directors, etc., to carry our message.  While the day is not yet here when it is impossible for us to proclaim the gospel, we know such a day is coming.  And the closer it gets, the more courage we will all need.

In other news, my family and I will likely be leaving tomorrow to attend the Regional Family Weekend, so I may not be able to post for a while.  For all the rest of you who are traveling, as well, I pray we all have a safe trip!

9 thoughts on “For those who watch Tomorrow’s World on WGN…

  1. Merrilee

    We saw your debut telecast online & really liked it! You did a great presentation – really. Take heart, you’re much more critical of yourself than any viewer. Have a great time in KC! Merrilee

  2. Glory Talbott

    I saw the telecast just now. I think you did a very good job! It made me excited for people to see it! Thank you for serving in this area (TV)! We appreciate your zeal and presentation!! My family and I hope to meet you at a Feast someday. Have a wonderful Sabbath and keep the broadcasts coming!

  3. I saw the telecast via the Internet earlier this evening. Congratulations (said the audience to the piano, and the Pianist). I appreciate your self-critique and your recommendation to other speakers to give themselves one. (I just gave my first sermonette in many years, a few weeks ago, and have a CD recording of it. Being a musician and lecturer for many years, I’ve learned the “all right on the night” attitude — you prepare yourself the best you can, then get on stage and don’t worry about the results. This certainly minimized the faults that my own recent effort had. So don’t be overcritical — I thought that you did just fine.)

    I’m sorry for WGN’s moral cowardice — I believe you said much less than you might, and no more than you should, concerning abortion. The day will come sooner or later when we can’t rely on broadcasting networks because they won’t allow us to preach the full truth. Thank God for the Internet — and long may it remain an open door.

  4. JoAnn

    I saw the telecast this morning. You did a wonderal job –broad topic to cover in a short time: America on the Brink. I look forward to your next presentation! Return safe from KC. JoAnn

  5. william henry wilson

    Margaret & I were glued to Channel 52 in Dallas this past Sunday at eight in the morning.

    The warning message aired for thirty minutes at that time remains as unequivocally clear as it is irrefutable and therefore not up for debate… the latter perhaps being the real reason WGN backed up from airing.

    John 3:19 came immediately to mind:
    >And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. … say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.Let no man despise thy youth…

  6. Craig Marley

    Consider it a learning experience. Mr. Gerald Weston commented when reading the announcements on Sabbath that LCG can become as strong as we want with the message, but what does it matter if we are kicked off of TV? Political correctness is censorship and we are currently subject to censorship!

    The time will come when you can “cry aloud and spare not,” but it makes little sense to get beheaded at the beginning of your ministry. You will have to be mindful of this in future.

    In the mean time, we have hardly commenced to begin in “selling the dream” to this world (cudos to Guy Kawasaki’s 1991 book “Selling the Dream”). The dream is that God has a plan for all mankind and we have been offered a major roll in God’s Family to rule and teach in Christ’s Kingdom. Christ is coming to change this world and we can be a central part in His government! No more killing. No more starvation. No more disease. Today the world, tomorrow the Universe!

    Sell the dream with power, Mr. Wallace Smith…sell the dream!

  7. Howdy, and thanks for your comments Mr. Marley! You’ve mentioned some good points, and I was going to respond here in a more lengthy fashion, but on second thought I think I will save it for a post that I will write later today. Hopefully you will return and see if what I have written fits your thinking.

    Thanks, again!
    Wallace Smith

  8. jorghheinz

    Wally,

    Keep up the good work.

    Your programme has needed a bit of rejuvenation for quite a while and you are the very one to accomplish that.

    Jorgheinz

  9. Gordon Feil

    Wally,

    Unlike your other fans, I am not an LCG member, but having looked at your maiden telecast, I almost wish I was. Let go of the embarassment. You don’t matter that much (Romans 11:34-35). What matters is the message, and I think you presented it in a very palatable way. Your gestures are quite effective, by the way. They are natural, appropriate and well-timed. Good job! And, oh, by the way, I much prefer you away from the lectern than behind it.

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