Thursday, April 19, 2012

Advertisement in Turkey

This month starting the day after Easter an organization called the BCC (Bible Correspondence Course) began running an ad on 45 metro buses in Istanbul and on 2 large 2 meter advertisement billboards. This is what the ad looks like.
In essences it says, "What if what we believe is false?"  The ad has been running now for 11 days. It has 11 days left to be run. The police said that they have gotten so many complaints that they are having the ads taken down. Now this is good and bad. The good thing is that what it means is lots of people have checked out their website. There is nothing right away that would lead you to believe this is a religious ad. Pray that the taking down of the advertisement would lead to even more publicity.

What we see though is that what we know to be true about the human heart is true here. The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. (Jer. 17:9) According to the constitution there is nothing illegal about this ad. The organization is a recognized organization. There is technical freedom to do these sort of things. It doesn't change the fact that the people are blind to their need for a Savior. Whether a country is what some people term closed or open, the fact remains that the Holy Spirit must work in people's hearts. Pray that the Holy Spirit would work in the hearts of people throughout this country.

Advertisement is something that is being used to spread the Good News. Pray for genuine interest and curiosity and that lasting fruit would come from advertisements like those mentioned above and others on the internet.