Tuesday evening in the Lewis household was the scene of an extraordinary event; some might even say a miracle. The event in question took place when I was able to watch a religious program on the BBC and not have a desire to grab the remote control or throw something at the TV. Some will find this hard to believe but I can assure you that it’s true. The program was an edition ‘Week In Week Out’ entitled ‘Born Again Wales, exploring the growth of evangelical churches’.
The program looked at the growth of bible believing churches against a backdrop of falling congregations in Wales generally. Three fairly lively churches were examined, one from Cardigan, one from Briton Ferry and Rhiwbina Baptist in Cardiff. Members and leaders of the churches were interviewed and whilst it is never possible to agree with everything, what was refreshing was that Christians were allowed to speak and to put forward their points of view. I was particularly impressed with the openness of a young woman who talked of the importance of sexual purity and also with Andrew Davies from Rhiwbina who was articulate, honest and open. Even the Bishop of Llandaff, Barry Morgan failed to spoil things, although to be fair he tried his best.
Let us pray that broadcasters will have the courage to portray Christianity positively and that believers will gain more opportunities to testify of gospel.