Attention teen Christians: I would like to offer you a challenge. And those of you who actually complete the assignment can e-mail me your results at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to know what you would say to the world if you had the entire planet in front of a giant high definition television with earth-surround-sound for five minutes, listening and watching a presentation of your own making. Let’s say you had three days to write your script; would you be able to reach out to the population with a message strong enough to bring millions to seek more information about the God you believe in? Remember, your effort will only last five minutes. It will, of course, be translated into every language on the planet as you speak the words.
In order to grab such a massive audience’s attention, I would imagine you are going to need an entry that really WOWS them. The world needs such a jolt where faith is concerned. Look at how people only turn to God when tragedy strikes. After September 11, 2001, church attendance took an upswing, and we heard people talk about their faith more openly.
Perhaps the way to begin the five minute address would be to just announce to the world audience, “You are going to die!” After all, as far as this world is concerned, we are all going to die one day. It is the second death that our faith offers escape from. Or maybe it would be best to open the presentation with video clips of the amazing landscapes and natural wonders of this world. I consider them to be glimpses of the scenery and creations we’ll see when we reach our final home. Whatever commencement you choose, I’m sure it will be a homerun. Which leads into my next suggestion for a successful world presentation: be positive.
Yes, I said this is your presentation to create, but I also retain the right to offer a bit of sound advice. If you started with the “you’re going to die” proclamation, you almost have no choice but to shift into positive gear before your audience disappears in a cloud of dust. Talk about the all-encompassing grace offered by the Author of the Ages. Describe what it is like when someone we love forgives us for our mistakes and transgressions against them. Go into intimate detail about the cleansing power of knowing someone loved you enough to die for you.
Talk about U-turns on a grand scale to your global addressees. Mention missionary achievements and battles against hunger. Talk about the peacemakers and their solution-driven mindset. Talk about the saints who died as innocent representatives of the Lord. Become as inspired, animated, and creative as is needed to move the masses watching your production. This is your one chance to change the world and increase the population sign outside Heaven’s gate on a grand scale. Take advantage of it!
Lastly, I would suggest ending the most amazing television address by talking about a sense of urgency. We don’t really know the number of days we are given. Only God knows such things. The audience needs to understand the call to salvation has a time limit. Hopefully, as the credits of this inspiring presentation of faith roll up the giant screen, citizens from every nation will have grasped the reality of one nation, under God, existing in a world where the concept of plural nations once again becomes obsolete.
Are you up to the task? Can you have a dramatic impact on the world? Write your script so that it is around five pages, double spaced for the dialogue portion, and send me copies of any graphics you would like to accompany your presentation. I will submit another column with the best works submitted posted at EzraWeb.com.