Years ago someone carved an image in a block of wood by allowing the object to remain above the area that had been chiseled away. They covered the image with ink and placed it on another surface and made a copy of the image and some say that “printing was born.”
In A.D. 779 the Chinese carved words and pictures by hand and invented “wood block printing.” Years later however, Johannes Gutenberg, a man from Germany, invented a machine with moveable type and called it a “printing press.” It is not possible to estimate the power of the printed page. It has brought knowledge and insight since the fifteenth century. It has also corrupted minds and been used to lead people into paths of destruction.
Napoleon once said, “There are only two powers in the world: the sword and the pen, and in the end, the former is always conquered by the latter.”
Benjamin Franklin said, “Give me twenty-six dead soldiers and I will conquer the world.”
G. Christian Weiss, a missionary-statesman wrote, “The battle for the men’s minds will be won by the printer’s ink. Make no mistake about it!”
Many years ago David wrote, “The Lord announced the Word.”
Christians have no greater responsibility or obligation than to “announce” the Word of the Lord. Wherever we are and no matter what we are doing we must constantly and consciously “announce the Word” to the world.
By Michael A. Guido, D.D