With the internet and social media at the finger tips of nearly every one of us there is really no longer any excuse for any one not to be involved in Christ’s global kingdom! Whether we are doing something as simple as inviting someone to watch church with us online, (Yes, every week there is an service online at 11:00am that you can invite people to watch by simply updating your Facebook status on our page), or are involving yourself in using the internet to connect with missionaries, or to pray for those who have a need, the opportunity to be involved has never been more available.
So why aren’t more of us doing this? I think it is often because we just don’t know or maybe haven’t cared enough to understand how this incredible resource can be harnessed to further the causes and kingdom of Jesus. I am afraid, far too often for many Christians, it is because they are so out of date and still want to argue points and ask questions that no one else even cares about any more. I still hear people asking whether there can be real community formed on the internet or if it is even right that people should be trying to create ‘church’ with this medium. Folks, whether you like it or not, it is happening with or without you. You can step into it and use it for good or you can continue to argue needless points and keep your head in the sand. This medium of communication isn’t going away! Those of us who are involved with it and are trying to create something God honoring from it have long since passed these questions by. Many of these questions have been answered. Yes, real community and even ‘Church’ can happen online and the ways you can get involved and be a part of it are endless.
Right now as I type this, an Iranian Pastor named Yousef Nadarkhani sits in an Iranian jail after being convicted for being a Christian. His crime is that he will not renounce Christianity and therefore has turned his back on Islam. The sentence was handed down last week; he is to be executed! So what could you do about this event unfolding thousands of miles away? You could pray. The internet has given us minute by minute updates on this situation. You can find the information right in front of you. So be informed and pray. There are countless stories talking about this pastor’s faith and his wife and children who are calling out to God for his safe release. There are videos and news stories. Why not post these to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and let other people know what is going on. (http://video.foxnews.com/v/1476884757001/fierce-struggle-underway-to-save-life-of-iranian-christian/?playlist_id=86857)
You don’t have to be a Christian to believe that religious freedom is something worthy of being upheld anywhere in the world. This is a humanitarian case. Share it with others and encourage them to share it with others. Tweet and re-tweet; Post and re-post. Send an email to the head of Iran’s judiciary (I have).
Maybe, if enough of us do, the Iranian government will change it’s position on this. If this past year has shown us anything, it is the power of social media to bring about change.
It’s time for us to harness the power of this resource and make a difference for good. Don’t just sit there anymore!