Finally, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just , whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
I have been reading a book called C.S. Lewis In a time of war, in the beginning of the book it tells the story of how the BBC was formed and set up and that this verse was the founding verse of that organisation. Further it speaks how during the Second World War the BBC became the main means by which the British Government and the Church reached the people.
It speaks of how reporters would bring a microphone into a service and broadcast it as it was being run and those people who could not get to a place of worship could tune in their radios and listen and worship as well. It speaks of how the term ‘broadcast’ was developed from the parable of the Sower as he cast his seed broadly and so one of the key people in the BBC saw that they too were sowing seeds and casting broadly so coined the term ‘broadcast’, a term we take for granted now with the electronic media.
I believe that the founding verse of the BBC is very pertinent today especially in this time of crisis. The Queen in her speech drew links to the privations of the Second World War and during the War the BBC broadcast conversations with C.S. Lewis to encourage and inspire the British and people in Europe. Some of these we will explore over the weeks to come.
So let us look to Jesus in this crisis and turn our minds to whatsoever ….
Rev Steve Neuhaus
Eagles Rest Ministries