Billy Graham is an amazing communicator, and his 1998 TED talk on technology and faith (embedded below) is no exception. In it he is witty, articulate, and convicting.
His basic message is simple: technology brings amazing benefits to humanity, but it’s failure to alleviate the brokenness of the human heart ultimately point us to our need for a Savior.
What I appreciate most about his talk is that Graham did not give it to a church audience who would immediately agree with him. Instead in his audiences are some of the greatest technological minds ever gathered, many of whom are no friends of religion. It’s a classic example of how a speaker can appeal to an audience’s sensibilities, gain a sense of trust, and then finally address the person of Jesus Christ.
Billy Graham’s 1998 TED Talk on Technology and Faith
Personally, I found it very moving to see how Billy Graham’s life of integrity gained him this rare audience. He used a subject the audience was interested in – technology – and took the time to validate its importance while also gently showing how its limitations direct us to the Savior. Amen, Billy.