A Christian organization has spent nearly eight decades helping groups and ministries harness the power of media and communications to spread the Gospel.
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Troy Miller, president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), recently told CBN’s Faithwire his organization was founded in 1944 after some visionary pastors looked at how to use radio — a relatively new medium at the time — to communicate the Gospel.
The organization quickly grew and remains a clearing house for Christian communication. Today, NRB is the most significant force in this arena, defending biblical values amid rocky cultural terrain.
“For 79 years, we’ve been advocating on behalf of Christian communicators to be in the public square,” Miller said, noting how the organization hosts a massive convention each year to help further this mission.
Watch Miller explain the organization’s history and aim:
The annual NRB Convention attracts presidential candidates as well as media and ministry organizations from across the world. It’s a massive informational gathering tackling issues important to the broader Christian community.
From ministry to issues impacting the broader society, NRB leaves no communications stone unturned. Miller also spoke about the current state of culture and believers’ role in presidential politics, saying he expects evangelicals to play a substantial role in the 2024 election.
This is especially true after the U.S. Supreme Court made abortion a states’ rights issue with the overturning of Roe v. Wade in last year’s Dobbs decision, among other social and religious liberty battles.
“As close as the elections have been over the last several cycles … [evangelicals] could swing the vote one way or the other,” he said. “I think Christians are, even since that [last] election, even more keyed up to the issues that are important to them.”
Miller added, “Christians are really concerned about what’s going on today in the culture. So, I think we’re going to see a heavy Christian turnout.”
NRB isn’t a political organization, though the group does make proclamations on matters of faith. Recently, the NRB board approved a resolution affirming a biblical view on gender — something Miller said is obviously a “big topic” today.
“It’s also a big topic that’s getting many Christian communicators canceled on social media platforms,” he said. “If you stand up for the biblical view of a male and a female, or the biblical view of marriage between a man and a woman, you’re most likely going to get censored on social media today.”
For this reason, NRB decided to take a stand on the issue and create a resolution affirming its stance. This is, of course, just one of the many issues for which NRB has approved a resolution.
Miller said he believes the organization’s existence and work are especially pertinent considering America’s culture and political circumstances.
“In a dark world, you need light, and people are looking for hope,” he said. “And NRB members are the members providing that hope.”
Miller added, “We have ministries out there that are feeding people, they’re providing clothing, they’re providing educational resources, they’re providing counseling, and they’re often doing all of that free of charge. … Most of our ministries — if not all of them that I talk to — they just want to be left alone to do what God has called them to do.”
The NRB head said his organization has spent nearly eight decades working to help make this a reality, noting the complexities of today with the mainstream media, Hollywood, and other forces working against these values.
But despite the challenges, Miller said NRB plans to persist in its mission.
“We are out there fighting so that our ministries can stay in that public sector, doing what God’s called them to do,” he said.
Find out more about NRB here.
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