Thinking Like A Digital Missionary

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

Over the last 25 years the world we live in has radically changed. Back in 1987 most people had never heard of the Internet, sent an email, or even made a call from a mobile phone. People regularly used a phonebook, not Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, was only 2 years old on this date in 1987!). In fact, if you are old enough to vote, the world of today neither looks nor functions like the world you were born into. The world is radically different.

Today people communicate differently, work differently, play differently and even think differently. Yet, many who take the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ seriously have failed to recognize this fundamental change in the way society functions. The Gospel message has not changed, but the way people receive and process messages has changed. To reach the modern world we live in with Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ we must think and act like missionaries—even those of us who still live in the same town we were born in.

 

What is a missionary?

 

At the most basic level a missionary is someone who takes the Gospel to people of a different culture. In past generations this typically meant traveling thousands of miles, learning a new language, and adapting to completely new rules of etiquette. A would-be missionary who failed to make the effort to learn how to properly function in their new surroundings was destined to fail as a missionary.

 

Am I a missionary?

 

Yes! by this definition, virtually every Christian who desires to share the gospel is a missionary. Whether we like it or not, our culture has been radically transformed by technology. IMHO peeps are speaking a whole new language today, LOL (translation: In my humble opinion people are speaking a whole new language today, laugh out loud). There is even a whole new set of rules today regarding proper etiquette called ‘netiquette’. SEND SOMEONE AN EMAIL IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS?… you are being totally rude!

 

Thinking like a digital missionary

 

If we are going to reach the modern world for the Lord Jesus Christ we must make the effort to learn the language, culture, and tools of today. Like missionaries of prior generations who labored to pioneer the gospel in distant and foreign lands, we must also be dedicated in taking the Gospel to the digital world we are now living in. Those who fail to make the effort to learn how to properly function in our new digital surroundings are destined to fail as a missionary.

Have you made a conscious effort to think like a digital missionary? We would enjoying hearing how… let us know in the comments.

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3 comments

  1. I completely agree with all that you say about being a digital missionary. Keep up the good work. I currently record a video podcast, an audio podcast and write a blog once a week. These are posted on iTunes, YouTube and Blogger.com and brought to people’s attention via LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. All of these can be accessed through the above website. Any advice on what i do and the best way to move forward would be appreciated especially in respect of reaching people locally to where I live. Yours in the name of the Lord Jesus, Stephen

    • Thank you for your encouraging comment. I’ve spent some time looking at your online evangelistic materials — keep up the good work! What a wonderful privilege we have to share the Good News of His love.

      You ask a great question about reaching people locally. The Internet is a great tool for proclaiming God’s truth globally, but it is difficult to “target” online efforts to a specific locality. A friend of mine printed up business cards with just a QR code and a question mark. The code points to a gospel website that include contact information.

      I like you Facebook landing page… I would like to do something similar on my fb page. Any advice you can offer in this regards would be appreciated.

      Yours in Christ,
      Scott

  2. Hi Scott ,
    A friend in Ireland made the page up for me. If you want me to contact you I can.
    Every blessing.
    Stephen