I have a strong conviction that we are the generation of which it was said:
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Seriously, the ubiquity of information technology, particularly the Internet, has made this prophecy easier to fulfill than ever. Internet accessible smartphones are so common and social networks spring up each day; where we once had to wait days, weeks, or months to talk to distant friends and family, we now view a delay of a few seconds as an inconvenience.
As a millennial, I strongly believe in the power of modern technology and the ability of it to be used in preaching the gospel across the globe. The essence of this story therefore, is to highlight the power inherent in modern technology (particularly the internet) and how we can leverage this power in sharing the gospel on a global scale.
The Internet is growing at an enormous pace.
I’m sure most of you may already know this one fact that the Internet is growing yearly. What you may not appreciate however is the incredible pace at which this is happening. According to the Internet communications union, an incredible 39% of the world’s 7 billion population uses the Internet, that’s roughly about 2.7 billion people on the Internet! That number however is growing steadily, and cisco predicts that internet traffic will quadruple to 966 Exabytes per year by 2015. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently launched Internet.org, an organization that has pledged to connect the whole world to the Internet. What’s more, Morgan Stanley has predicted that there would be about 75 Billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Wow!
With more than 500 Million Internet users in India alone, and its population being largely Hindu, the Internet presents a unique opportunity to reach out to these ones. So how can we tap into this unique medium to reach out to the world? How can we not make a mess of this powerful medium?
- Internet Evangelism: I envision a unique platform that empowers the common Christian to reach out to someone out there in the world. These individuals would then be discipled and connected to local churches that would then have the task of maturing them into Christ-likeness. What do you think of this idea? The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has already been able to reach out to millions out there, causing 21 Million people to accept Christ using this tool.
- Christian Social Network: In John 17: 21, Jesus said:“that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.“
Jesus knew the importance of Christians being one in heart and mind. He also knew the importance of constant fellowship, which is why he prayed this prayer. This is why I believe modern technology must be leveraged to enable Christians in developing both new and strengthen existing friendships.
I believe the world needs now, more than ever, a tool that connects the world’s 2 Billion Christians across the globe. Ministers must tap into the power of social networks to reach out to the world. Unfortunately, traditional social networks like Facebook and twitter are making it difficult for preachers to use their platform as an effective medium for sharing the gospel.
Facebook for example recently updated its algorithm, making it almost impossible for pastors, churches and small businesses to preach effectively on its platform without shelling out a lot of money. A social network meant for believers to encourage each other, and then reach out to other’s worldwide, telling them about the Christ is therefore needed! So far, I know of one ministry doing this: LoveRealm Ministry, an international non-profit ministry based in Accra.
- Smartphone apps: The power inherent in smartphones is evident. With eMarketer expecting 4.55 billion people worldwide to use a mobile phone in 2014, we would be crazy not to leverage this tool in sharing the gospel.
Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. John 4:35
I have a strong conviction that modern technology is one of the most (if not the most) effective tools to be used in sharing the gospel. What do you think?