Like their secular competitors, many Christian media sources are diluting their messages these days. They often avoid tackling difficult issues like politics. Vision, on the other hand, welcomes the prospect of taking on these topics.
Martyn Iles from the Australian Christian Lobby is a regular guest on Vision Radio, and says he is grateful for the opportunity it gives him to get his message out. “I’m always happy to talk about the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” says Martyn. “It does impact lives and transform people. Vision is crucial part of that.”
Martyn travels all around the country, and people often come up and speak to him at events. “One lady in South Australia said she was unwell and had been in hospital. She came to our event because she’d been hearing about us, and then said it was the reason she came back to her faith.”
When Martyn joins us on 20Twenty, he’s not afraid to take on the really hard issues. “Neil and I often talk about this trans issue,” he says. “We know people are being led down this transgender pathway in schools and education.”
A young girl recently came up to Martyn in Rockhampton, having just detransitioned from being a trans man. She said after listening to the ACL, she realised it was truth. “She asked us not to stop because she found Jesus and is now very much a Christian. She found the peace that she was seeking in all the wrong places.”
During a recent visit to Brisbane, Martyn spoke to a young man who was grappling with the very difficult issue of abortion. “He said to me, I heard you say something about the fact that thanks to Jesus, we can meet the children that we’ve had a role in terminating in the future and all will be well.”
“That was part of his story,” says Martyn. “He said, in the last 12 months he’d come back to Christ and become a Christian. He also said that I was one of the two voices that led him on that journey. It’s just so encouraging to hear stories like this.”
For all the frustration and hostility that Christian Media sometimes faces, Martyn says it’s worth it when he hears stories like these. “Vision is one of the places that gives me a platform. I’m not ashamed of the truth, and neither is Vision.”
“It’s absolutely effective, and God is using it to reach people.”
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Listen to the conversations with Martyn Iles below