Everyday we have choices. When the internet first came on the scene as a reality most of us were just not that positive that it could be useful to us. As we have progressed into the technology age, we have seen benefits and flat-out sin as a result of the internet. The sin I don’t have to share. You are aware. You have mistakenly or purposefully typed in a web address in order to see sin of varying kinds on the world-wide-web.
We’ve gotten to the point now in our understanding of the internet we see numerous benefits of having that literal connection. Honestly, I would have a very difficult time of surviving without it. That’s pretty scary to admit.
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to see ministry at work via the computer. When I awoke today I decided as I received a personal prayer request in my inbox that rather than tell the person, “I’ll pray for you” and her not know if I did or not that I would pray to God and type out my prayer in a response to her right then. I sent it to her. She responded back later that she had never had that done before and it moved her. I did the same thing again a minute ago with my oldest away at school asking for specific prayer in some situations. I prayed via email and sent it back to him.
Another tool that has proven to be really helpful in ministering and keeping in contact with others is Facebook. I have found friends not seen for a long time and I have friends I see all the time. I have found it to be a great way to know how to pray for people as well as encourage them. To me, it’s like what the front porch of our houses used to be. While you’re sitting there, the neighbors walk by and you engage in conversation. Or, their children are out playing a game of kickball and you strike up a conversation with them. That’s Facebook…a front porch to keep in touch with your “neighbors”.
I don’t think we can use “age” as an excuse anymore for not keeping up with the generation after us or in front of us. The computer, which can be used for evil, also can be used for good and for God’s glory.
I say let’s take cyberspace for Jesus and grow His kingdom.
Of course, there is much to be said for one on one personal contact, face time, phone time, or a note. I’m not discounting their value. We need not toss that contact out. But, I do think we have to continually be in touch with how to use technology to reach the lost, encourage the saved, and grow the body of Christ.