The other day I got a comment from Tony from InternetEvangelismDay.com. I usually am very skeptical about people who try to sneak link-spam into my blogs, and I tend to be pretty heavy handed with the comment approval. I checked out the site just for kicks-and-giggles, and was quite impressed with what I saw. Their site is a veritable menagerie of tools and helps for churches planning to use their Internet ministry effectively. At the core of their plan is to make April 26th a day dedicated to Internet evangelism worldwide. I am waiting to hear back from them about a few things, and am happy to use whatever platform I can to help them reach our mutual goals for ministry. This really gets to the heart of my passion.
Behind all my theorizing and theologizing regarding the Church and communication is a core conviction that has been growing inside for several years. Basically, I have grown tired of the Internet being the Devil’s playground. Christians fear it. UnChristians revel in it. It is the Mos Eisley Cantina (for all the Geeks out there) of our little planet.
The Internet is both the biggest opportunity for evangelism in the history of the world, and the greatest tool the Church could ever hope for. Yet we are letting it slip by deeper and deeper into darkness.
When Gutenberg invented the Printing Press, the Christian Bible was the first book ever printed, and almost immediately the Church showed that it intended to use this medium to the fullest. Still to this day, the Bible remains the best selling printed book of all time, and other Christian books are common worldwide best sellers. Yet, as the Internet spawned, the Church has been painfully slow and wary to use this medium much at all.
Do you doubt me? Can you name one major Christian blog that cracks technorati’s top 50 regularly? Give me one Christian site that is on everyone’s bookmark list. We have GodTube, the poor Christian cousin of YouTube (I’m not really dissing them at all), and other Christian versions of popular culture online. And yes, we use the Internet pretty well for Bible tools, and maybe some “Christian dating,” but not much else with excellence.
So my conviction and passion is to point the way for Christians to use this tool to spread the great news about what Jesus did for humanity through cyberspace, and to use the World Wide Web to teach people wanting to learn more about God wherever they are. I have a passion for this, because I believe that God has a passion for it. I believe that no x-rated site, or malicious virus can prevail against God and His people. I believe in a revolution of love starting on your web page, and mine.