We define a "media missionary" as a Christian who wants to help create & spread content to proclaim God's glory, and then send it out into culture.
According to a recent study, only 1 out of every 50 millennials have a Biblical worldview. Only 1 out of every 50! The youth of today have not being discipled by the Church, they have been discipled by their social media feeds, YouTube videos, TikTok, Netflix, blogs, podcasts, etc. The youth of today have been discipled by culture.
Content is constantly evangelizing the world.
“Missionaries are Christian workers who engage in cross-cultural ministries with evangelistic goals.” (C. Peter Wagner, Frontiers in Missionary Strategy)
Throughout history, the primary way to reach across cultural barriers was to physically go there. To reach a remote village in China one had to take a long train ride, then maybe a long walk, then figure out where to live, then start building relationships… etc. You get the idea. It is important work, and it is also often costly and a long process. They typically pay bills by raising support from their local communities who want to be partners in the work – which is also not easy work!
Today, technology is changing the global landscape. The average American spend 10+ hours a day on screens taking in media content. Mobile phones are in practically every city, and they are being filled with media. Or, as Hollywood and Silicon Valley like to call it, “content.” In our modern world, the traditional walls around cultures are shifting and content is being shared across those cultures.
John Quincy Adams once famously said that “he who tells the best story wins.” Though this was true back then, in hindsight it seems to be incredibly prophetic for where our modern world would be headed.
Most of us are in fact being discipled by culture whether we like it or not. And, if evil keeps using culture to draw more and more people away from God then the need for narrative change gets even greater.
With all this in mind, how does missions relate to culture?
We believe media can be used to bring God glory by proclaiming his stories, and if it is used in this way then it is missions. Missionaries take God’s good news across barriers and into cultures. They bring the good news to people. Where before missions would take years it can now happen instantly. Media content can instantly break through cultural barriers and onto screens across the globe!
For the first time in all of history, content can be published and instantly reach millions across the entire globe.
In a world where only 1 in 50 millennials have a Biblical worldview, where all of us spend 10+ hours a day on screens, we at Dei Dox believe that there is a lot of exciting evangelizing which can be done by using media. Evangelizing the world and also evangelizing our own hearts. We all want to see examples of a great God, deserving of all the glory.
Christians now have the opportunity to become media missionaries, using art and creative content to share God’s stories into culture.
If God is the master creator, then what new types of media will His people come up with – with Him – to proclaim God’s stories throughout the world? We pray for the chance to see it.
For when he sees his children,
the work of my hands within his nation,
they will honor My name,
they will honor the Holy One of Jacob
and stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who are confused will gain understanding,
and those who grumble will accept instruction.