We are placed here and now. What I mean is that we live in a global village, interconnected and vibrant, awake 24 hours a day, having almost no boundaries in communications among its inhabitants.
I had a lecture on communication model for my students the other day, telling them about the sender, the channel and the receiver. The basics are the same as they have always been, the only difference now being the technology making things both easier and more difficult. The paradox of development.
Can we assume that this medium, Internet, is every man’s tool? Certainly not. But it is the tool of the fortunate ones, living in the ‘better’ part of the village, having more opportunities and definitely more advantages. Can they be reached by the Word of God? Do they ever take time to stop and contemplate the possibility of Creation and Salvation?
The facts show that many young (and some older) people of today are on-line, writing, blogging and preaching the Gospel. They have come to the realization that Internet is as good a way as any to do just that. And who do they reach? Their peers, who surf the web in search for entertainment or information, or both, and who gladly stop to read an informative and modern site about God. Those peers often live far away, and would never hear about God in some other way. They may go on to other places on the web and never come back, but the seed of the Word is planted.
What comes to mind is a new bridge metaphor, the way of reaching people with the most important Message of all.
Very detailed research of the bridge is to be found on Evangelism:guide to internet web outreach, where we may get some practical advice on how to reach people on the Internet. It may be through a testimony, or links to ‘meaning of life’, or parable meanings, or explaining the Gospel, among other things.
Is it easy? No. Is it profitable :-)? Most assuredly not! It is not meant to be –
freely ye have received, freely give.
It would be interesting to see some statistics on how many brothers and sisters in Christ have been saved thanks to this bridge. I, for one, belong to this group. We may be not many, but even one lost sheep is loved dearly by the Father. And think – what if we are many? Many, who otherwise would remain in darkness.
Reading about the Gospel is not the only approach. The new technology provides the surfers with the multimedia messages in abundance.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Sermonaudio is one of many excellent selections if looking for preaching. Can it get any better, than to listen to variety of sermons in the privacy of your own home, especially when you are not sure whether you have made right choices?
Does it work? It does. Read this wonderful testimony of a Polish girl, who came to Christ via Internet, just like me.
Does this mean that we may abandon the traditional evangelization? No. It only means that we have gotten a powerful new tool. Let us use it wisely, for His Glory.