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!