Does the radio have a place in the mission endeavors of the Protestant Reformed Church? That question is often raised, and all too often it is answered in the negative. The question in itself is a just one: for if the radio cannot be used in mission work, we should stop using the radio as churches; it is an expensive and wasteful method of reaching the comparatively few shut-ins in our circles. Contrariwise, if the radio does have a place in our mission endeavors, we of all people, must use it as much as we can. I would answer the above question with a four-fold answer.
It Can Have A Place
That this is true has been proved in at least two concrete cases. The radio was a means in bringing the German Reformed Churches into contact with us. And the radio, according to Missionary Hofman’s report, was also a very useful means in his work in Lynden during the early part of this year.
That this is true has been recognized officially more than once. First Church of Grand Rapids a few years ago decided overwhelmingly to officially take over the Reformed Witness Hour. Our Mission Committee is heartily in favor of the radio work, and has supported the radio work in the Lynden area financially. Synod approved this action of the Mission Committee. And now it has been decided to make station KVOS in the Lynden area available for the direct use of our missionaries.
It Does Have A Place
That this is true has already been shown. Apart from all this, however, the radio has a place in our mission endeavor whether it is used directly or not. No, we cannot organize churches over the radio; but we can and do preach the Word! And we know, too, that the Word is heard; there is abundant proof of that. And God hath assured us that His Word never returns unto Him void. Radio does have a place!
It Must Have A Place
That is our calling. We should stop questioning, and go to work. We should use the radio to the utmost of our power. We should put an end to stinginess and to our annual slashing of radio appropriations. Our churches should welcome the opportunity to spend a few more pennies per week in the manifestation of the much-talked about mission zeal. Our ministry should welcome the opportunity to support this cause with their speaking efforts. We should go forward!
The Place Of Radio Must Be Improved
We must strive to improve our radio witness. This can be done in several ways. There should be more emphasis on advertising, so that people may know when and where we are on the air. There should be more of a denominational emphasis, so that people may know that the truth they hear is not only the truth of a “Reformed Witness Hour,” a “Sovereign Grace Hour” or a “Reformed Truth Hour,” but the truth of the Word of God as it is proclaimed in the Protestant Reformed Churches. And we might suggest more unity in order to avoid wasted effort and overlapping broadcast areas. Perhaps Synod, through a committee, should be in charge of broadcasting. But by all means: let us use the radio to preach the Word!