Sunday afternoon, A. D. 1941. November, the ninth. The dock in the radio studio WLAV stood at precisely 4:15. At the wave of the baton the choir of six male and six women voices struck up the opening theme song, “Established in the highest heavens, the Lord has set His throne, and over all His kingdom rules, for He is God alone.” Fifteen minutes of the forty-five minute broadcast are devoted to hymns from the Psalter: words and tunes which carry a familiar ring in the hearts of many.
For those who participate in the broadcasts it was the fifth program of its kind. For me it was a novel experience to both witness and hear our own Protestant Reformed people on the air.
On this particular Sunday, the Rev. H. Hoeksema spoke on the subject, “The Living God”. In a thoroughly lucid, interesting and thought-provoking way the listeners were impressed with the fact that our Triune God lives His own divine Covenant life of perfect friendship and takes His people unto Himself to share that Covenant life with Him in perfect blessedness unto the praise of His glory. The living truth of the Word of God stirred an echo of faith in the believing heart, “this is life eternal to know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent.”
It speaks well for our youth that their first efforts toward broadcasting have produced a program of this caliber.
Anyone who hears these broadcasts will immediately agree that they are decidedly different from any other broadcast, even of their kind.
Superficiality, which so commonly marks the religious broadcasts of our superficial age, is conspicuous in its absence. Mere emotionalism so often mistaken for real inspiration, does not taint these programs in any way. Just because Scripture is never superficial, and because Scripture is allowed to speak freely, the rich and full revelation of God predominates.
That is its peculiar distinctiveness. These radio addresses are not interpretations of a few isolated portions of Scripture, but are expositions of certain fundamental truths as they are revealed to us throughout all of the Scriptures. The Word of God speaks from beginning to end, and the living truth of that Word as it lives in the hearts of the believers takes on a fuller and richer significance at each broadcast.
For that reason, it appeals to the Reformed believer who treasures the instruction he has received both in the catechism rooms and from the pulpit, who delights in the study of the Word of God and finds it his chief meditation. It serves to enrich the knowledge he has already acquired and fills him with a desire to ever grow in that knowledge.
Without fear of contradiction it can be said that this is the only program of its kind, and therefore fills a crying need. No doubt, it will find an attentive and ever growing audience, not only in our own circles, but also among all those who love and cherish the faith of our fathers.
A FIRST FRUIT:
We have here a concrete example of what can be done. Do you know that these broadcasts are made possible largely through the small contributions of from ten to twenty-five cents per week? How many young people, and older ones as well, spend far more than this small amount every week for trifling luxuries which give but passing pleasure. A more extensive effort in and around Grand Rapids can make these broadcasts still more effective by reaching a large audience. In other localities as well a small weekly contribution from those who are eager to take
advantage of these broadcasts will do much toward making this possible.
Our young people have begun this project. Let’s see it through. Let’s not let anyone avail himself of the opportunity of taking it from you through your laxity.
Each local society should put forth an effort at once to bring these programs into their community. In time this could even become a project for the PRYPF. Possibly the 1942 Convention can already take preliminary steps towards making this a broadcast that can be heard throughout all of our Churches. Which is only another reason why all of our Churches should be represented in that ever growing, ever more active and influential Federation of Protestant Reformed Youth.
A weekly broadcast throughout all of our Churches may seem but a dream yet, but let’s strive to make it a reality, and that as soon as possible.
May God’s blessings rest upon the efforts that are being put forth, and may that blessing be evidenced in the fruits of these and future broadcasts.