in American Media
By Zander Dell Raines
Copyright 2006 Apocalypse Productions
Class 1-Printing Press To Television
A History of American Media
From its very beginning, a
massive spiritual warfare has taken place for the heart and soul of
In 1963, by the authority of five
judges on the United States Supreme Court,
"A nation which does not
remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is
trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we
came from or what we have been about. The
Bible is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the
nature of God, and spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only guide of
life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation.
To truly understand the dynamics
of how this change in our nation took place, we must look at the power of
media, specifically the electronic media and its ability to change the heart of
our people. Just how did
1400’s to 1860’s
So, as much as in me is,
I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at
In the year 2000, historians from
around the world gathered together on a project of massive proportions
sponsored by the Biography Channel.
Their purpose was to determine the 100 most influential people of the
past 1,000 years. They reviewed the
history of kings, presidents, warlords, scientists, theologians, and others
from every possible field of endeavor. After a year of discussions, they
determined that the most influential man of the last 1,000 years was a lowly
This man was born in
In fact, God would see to it that three men would be born in
It would be many years later in
Martin Luther, years later, would reject the Alexandrian Text of the Roman Catholic Bible and translate the Received Text into German in the Luther Bible in 1534. Thus yet another language group would receive the true word of God. The very fierceness of the battle between light and darkness becomes so great, that God Himself had to provide a way of escape.
Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
In the 14th century, there was a young seaman by the name of Stefano Columbo made his living traveling along the coast of Africa, buying spices and other items to sell back in his homeland, Italy. On one of his return trips, he received what was that day’s version of a 911 call. On the African shore, he saw a distress fire, which met someone needed help. He stopped his ship and sent ashore a rescue boat. They returned with a solitary old man.
This man was a Christian
missionary who had spent his life sharing Christ with the African natives. He had become old and sick, and was planning
to return home to spend his final days in his native land. As this old missionary traveled with Stefano,
he told him of his great desire to bring Christ to the people who did not know
him out there. As he told Stefano this,
he did something unusual. He pointed not west to the African shore, but out to
the east across the
This story stuck with Stefano. As Stefano was a Christian himself, he told this story to his family when he returned home. His son was so impressed with the story that, when he grew older and had a son of his own, he named “Christ-bringer”. In Italian, this name was Christobal. Today we know Stefano’s grandson as Christopher Columbus.
time of his childhood, Christopher Columbus had heard the story of those who
needed Christ out there across the
"I am a most unworthy
sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have
covered me completely. I have found the
sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous
presence. For the execution of the
journey to the
The verse he mentions here is the
one we see above. Based on his belief in
Isaiah’s prophecy, this young man earned a major place in world history. In 1492,
Christopher Columbus discovered
In 1601, King James began to rule
"The propagating of Christian religion to such people as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God, and may in time bring the infidels and savages, living in these parts, to human civility and to a settled and quiet government."
In 1607, with the permission of
King James, the Jamestown Colony was founded in
Thus in 1620, the Plymouth Colony
was also founded in
During the crossing of the
God knew that the ungodly colonists
“In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by ye grace of God, of Great Britain, France, & Ireland king, defender of ye faith, etc., having undertaken, for ye glory of God, and advancement of ye Christian faith, and honor of our king & country, a voyage to plant ye first colony in ye Northern parts of Virginia.”
Thus we see that the original
purpose of the English colonies, as decreed by their king and also as written
in their own words, was to bring the Christian faith to the
When God’s people are following
Him with all their heart, He rewards them accordingly. This is true in
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. Little did he know how this would change the
world long after his death. All the
conveniences that electricity affords us today can be traced back to
While most of the founding fathers; George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson to name a few, were dedicated Christians, Franklin remained a confirmed Deist most of his life. In spite of this, when the Continental Congress stalled due to divisions and arguments among its participants, it would be Franklin who would rise up and remind all present of the words of Jesus Christ, as he advised our fledgling nation that…
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
Benjamin Franklin dedicated his life to the printing press because he was so greatly influenced by the books he read as a young man. Although he may well have died a lost man, he was a great influence for good in the formation of Christian America.
In 1776, the American Revolution began. With the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American people declared that “all men are created equal”. Our original declaration called for the freeing of all American slaves. Once the war was over and the colonies freed, the southern colonies changed their minds, and the young nation failed to keep its promise and abolish slavery. This failure would bring with it a curse that would ultimately cost many thousands of American lives. President Thomas Jefferson was almost prophetic when he said,
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
In spite of the growing strife within our young nation because of our failure in this area, God would continue to shower His blessings upon us. Again it is the Old Testament figure Job who would prophesy of yet another of the marvelous blessings that God gave our young country.
Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
The power of media has always had
a great effect on the hearts of people throughout all of history. One example of this occurred in 1815,
As the ship approached
In 1845, Samuel Morse invented the telegraph. Morse was a humble Christian who always tried to praise God for the good things in his life. The first message he transmitted on his invention shows he understood that it was actually God who had given us this blessing. The message was “What hath God wrought?”
With the invention of the telegraph, two great powers, that of electricity and that of the media, were merged. The world has changed in many ways since that day. One of the greatest of these changes, by far, is the electronic media that encircles the earth and so greatly influences all the nations of the world. As all great inventions, electronic media has become a great source for evil, as well as a great source for good. To better understand what I mean, let me share the following story from American history.
With the invention of the
telegraph, this situation was greatly improved.
In 1860, the
Pony Express was established to bridge that gap. These young riders would cover this 2,000
mile gap in a matter of around 10 days.
That same year, a young man by the name of William Cody joined the Pony
Express. He would later be known as “
This was also the year that Abraham Lincoln ran for president for the first time. Since our nation had not freed the slaves before now, God had raised up this man to help free the slaves. The country had become deeply divided over this issue and civil war threatened.
Many pro-slavery southerners had
It was Buffalo Bill Cody who
would fight his way through these hostile Indians and get the message to
It was President Abraham whom God used to finally free the slaves in our country. In fact, President Lincoln is unique among our Chief Executives in the fact that he became a Christian while he served in the White House. He had originally seen the Civil War as a struggle to preserve the union, but ultimately would see it as a judgment from God, as he explains below.
“Whereas when our own beloved country, once, by the blessings of God, united, prosperous and happy, is now afflicted with faction and civil war, it is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals, to humble ourselves before Him and to pray for His mercy - to pray that we may be spared further punishment, though most justly deserved; that our arms may be blessed and made effectual for the reestablishment of law, order, and peace throughout the wide extent of our country; and that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored in its original excellence.”
1860’s to 1960’s
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Although it takes a bloody
One of the areas of greatest blessing is the area of electronic media. Keep in mind, from the beginning of time until 1754, no one had discovered the marvel of electricity. Then from the time that Benjamin Franklin discovers electricity in 1754, nearly 100 years passed before Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1845. Then things begin to change drastically. Within the next few years, inventions literally explode across the American landscape. This is especially true in the area of electronic media.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell
invented the telephone. In 1896, Thomas
Edison invented the motion picture camera, and Guglielmo Marconi invented the
radio. However, what may well have been
the greatest of these marvels may well have been described nearly 2,000 years
before by the Apostle John on the
dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is
In 1924, Philo Farnsworth invented the television. The world has never been the same since. Today, less than a century later, we have video recorders, digital video recorders, satellite television and a myriad of other electronic media devices.
Since that time, things have become commonplace that the world had never even dreamed of in years past. In fact, things have changed so quickly that I believe we are living in the time spoken of by the Apostle Luke in…
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Anyone who doesn't understand what Doctor Luke is telling us in this verse, needs only to watch the news to be reminded that this is indeed true for the modern age that we live in. Stress has become an accepted fact of life. The real question should be why does there have to be so much stress in the world.
One good way to analyze this statement is to look at the speed with which we travel (run to and fro). In the Garden of Eden, if Adam wanted to get somewhere in a hurry, he would have jumped bareback onto a horse and would have then been able to travel at about 30 miles per hour. Going back to the first of this century, the same would have been true. Until then, the fastest man had traveled was about 30 miles per hour. Now just imagine what it would have been like if you traveled to work this morning at 30 mph. Since the turn of this century, with the invention of the automobile and manned flight, man now attains many times the speed that was the fastest anyone had traveled in all the 5,900 years of history that had passed before. Indeed, man in running to and fro because knowledge has been increased.
A recent stress management
seminar that I attended illustrated this phenomenon quite well. A study of the growth of knowledge throughout
history shows very dramatically what we are talking about. First you must take
all the knowledge obtained from the beginning of time up until the time of
Jesus Christ at the height of the
It only took a total of only 1,500 years for all of the knowledge in the world to double. Keeping in mind that the first 4,000 years of knowledge was doubled in only 1,500 years is just the beginning. All the knowledge of the human race would double again between 1500 and 1800, a mere 300 years. Now things really begin to pick up. Between 1800 and 1900, human knowledge would again double in 100 years.
A good example of this is to take a moment to look at the technology of war. Think for a moment. What type of weapons were used in the Civil War? World War I? World War II?
In 1865, the American Civil War ends. This war was fought like most wars before it throughout history, with charges on horseback and hand-to-hand combat. The biggest change would have been the invention of gunpowder allowing guns and cannon to increase the destruction and death considerably.
In 1915, we are in World War I. Just 50 years after the Civil War, we have
cars, bi-planes, tanks, poison gas, armored battleships, etc. By 1945, only 30
years after World War I and 80 years after the Civil War, we are in World War
II, we have dive bombers, V-2 missiles, bazookas, machine guns, etc. The newest development is called the
blitzkrieg or lightning warfare which causes wars to be over in a matter of days
instead of months or years. Finally, in 1945, World War II ends with
Do you begin to see the magnitude of the change in mankind's knowledge in just 80 years? You can now see why stress has become a way of life for Americans and the world. This stress study ends with the statement that, with the coming of the computer age, man’s knowledge is now doubling every two years!
1960’s to Present
With all of the blessings that
have been poured out on
In fact, things
have gotten so bad in this country that in 1963
Our nation has been on a long moral slide ever since the day the Bible was removed from public schools. It is easy to understand what Doctor Luke was talking about in the verse mentioned above but don’t give up hope. Let’s go back and finish the sermon that Jesus is giving on the fearful times we are living in. Verse 26 is followed by verses 27 and 28 which state...
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.