Do we need to “fix” Christian TV?
I promise that this will be my last diatribe on the subject, but obviously it “hit a nerve” so to speak!
What kind of “fruit” do we expect out of any individual or ministry? (Souls, healing, encouragement, good works, love, understanding, a helping hand, money? ) Obviously, all of those and more! Christian TV is bearing “fruit” and many are working to figure out ways to make it better, cooler and more culturally relevant.
It seemed to me that several of your readers took the scriptures literal…and felt we should be harvesting apples, bananas and pears! (Kidding…) 🙂
No television network will ever be “all thing to all people.” And TBN must continually work within the financial limitations that are provided by our donors. One question I would ask, “Is how many of those who don’t like Christian TV in its current state, have given or donated to make it better?” (And I’m not just talking about us, but any TV network.) Most would bristle and say, “Well, give me something decent to watch and I might!” Again, we get back into the “Chicken and Egg” scenario.
Fortunately, TBN is on one of the strongest financial foundations imaginable. We own 34 TV stations and all of the related studios, transmitters, offices and assets completely debt free! We owe no one a penny other than the day-to-day expenses of utilities, satellite leases and payroll. It seemed to me like several of your respondents were wanting the PAX network back, but despite some good family and faith based programs, (Touched by an Angel, Doc, Chicken Soup for the Soul, etc.) they could not survive in this market and are slowly fading away. What does that say? Is a commercial model the answer?
Many people are trying to make a difference, and I applaud every one of them. (Even Phil….sometimes.) But would I create a blog asking, “How Do We Fix The History Channel”, just because I don’t like all of the shows they do about Hitler? If I don’t like it, I click the remote…end of story.
Because we all hold our “Faith” close to our hearts, individuals tend to react with such strong emotion when talking about any form of Christian media. I would encourage everyone to simply calm down, take a breath, and pray! Christian TV is getting better and evolving. I really feel we are on the verge of a media explosion. If you don’t like what you see, then help make it better! The tools for production and distribution are now within everyone’s reach! Get a DVcam, a Final Cut Pro editing system and post it on the internet or make your show a Podcast! There is no excuse anymore to not be in the game. You may reach someone who would never turn on TBN, but remember….we may touch someone you couldn’t either. Thankfully we know of at least 30,000,000 who did respond, and for that I am grateful.
Paul Crouch, Jr.
VP of Administration
Trinity Broadcasting Network