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Stay Outside The Box

I’m a self admitted tech geek. People talk about how they’d like living in the 40’s and 50’s when times were simpler and it wasn’t always go go go. Bah. Not me. I like the age I am living in and having information available to me at my fingertips is great. Do I sometimes get caught up in too much? Definitely. I have a Blackberry like many people and like many people when that thing vibrates or makes noise, I am always quick to see who emailed me and about what. The don’t call it crackberry for nothing.

Blogs, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are all tools that can be used for social networking. There are people that I’ve ‘known’ on the Internet for nearly 10 years. Some of them I have never met in person. But we stay in contact and a quasi sort of friendship has built up. I really don’t think people can be true friends without spending time with each other on a personal level, but it wouldn’t be out of line to say that I have ‘friends’ I’ve met online. The Internet is also a way for people to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. The information is easily reachable by anybody with an Internet connection. It’s great.

But I’ve noticed a disturbing trend on the net and I think it is something that people need to reconsider. Christians too often are quick to create an “alternative” to a particular site. Granted, openly public sites such as YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, etc. are going to have some objectionable content and as Christians we should be aware of that and be careful about what we post, read, and what people we add to our ‘friend’ list. Of course, there are sites now like GodTube.com and YourChristianSpace.com that are “alternatives” to the other sites. There are plenty of others as well.

The question is: Why?

If all we do is keep ourselves in a Christian cocoon (for lack of a better word), then what benefit does our testimony have? If you’ve used the Internet for any length of time, there have been a number of times that you’ve probably ‘stumbled’ across a great website. One that you reached merely by clicking through other sites. A person going through YouTube or MySpace isn’t going to ‘stumble’ upon anything people have to say about Christ if we’re all huddling with ourselves on Christian websites.

We don’t do this on the outside world. When churches hold functions that are used to witness to others, do they restrict access only to other Christians? When churches send out mailers to inform people of special kind of service to the public, do they target only Christian homes? Of course not. What good would that do? We don’t want to be an echo chamber. We want people to hear the Gospel of Christ and accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.

What does the Bible tell us? In Matthew, the Pharisees were stunned to see Jesus and his disciples sitting down to meals with tax collectors and sinners. It would be like today sitting down with pornographers and drug addicts. What did Jesus say to them in Matthew 9:12-13?

When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

What did Jesus tell us in Matthew 28:19-20?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;

Jesus doesn’t tell us to go and make disciples of people who are already believers or to restrict ourselves to where other Christians will be.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying as Christians that we throw caution to the wind. We need to be diligent in our faith that while watching videos on YouTube and browsing around MySpace or Facebook that we don’t give into the temptations that we’ll come across. But we can’t successfully witness to others about Jesus Christ if we cut ourselves off from where the sick are.

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