Monday, April 20, 2009

New World

The world is changing. This New World is the result of many changes, technologies, and problems. And opportunities.

The number of "end-world-esque" events are clearly on the rise, and have been.

Daily, terrorist attacks kill innocent people.

I wonder how this hurricane season will treat us...

Wow, China is getting big and strong.

How many diseases are new to the human race within the past thirty years?

Does Ahmadinejad really mean what he says, or is he just bluffing?

Did you see that Chavez is our new friend?

And so on.

It's a NEW WORLD out there.

A New World.

The good news?

This New World is still run by God. And His promises are still the only sure thing in existence.

More good news?

This New World provides us with more opportunity than ever.

Most likely, everyone reading this has a blog on which they post their thoughts fairly regularly.

Do you know what happens if you or I post just the right thoughts at just the right time? Our blog would go "viral" and would spread across the blogoshpere and internet like wildfire.

I just read a story about these folks who created a huge bacon-bbq thing that you make on your grill. It was so out-of-the-ordinary that it was an instant sensation on the web, and their obscure little barbeque blog, within a day, had millions of readers.

Articles were written about them and they became semi-celebrities. Because they created some sort of bacon-explosion thing that probably didn't even taste very good. It was just the right bit of odd, with the perfect dab of unique.

Would this have been possible twenty years ago? No.

We now have resources and avenues that were impossible just a short time ago. This is just one example of a tool (the blog, not the bacon explosion) with which we can reach the world for Christ. If we say just the right thing, at just the right time. We have to think outside of the box.

We're in this world, but not of it.

While we're in it, let's live in the New It.

4 comments:

  1. A very interesting perspective on things.

    I don't think we'll fully grasp the difference the internet has made to human society for another 20-30 years or so. Think of all the kids, growing up today, who will never be without answers thanks to Google and Wiki - what will that mean for them when they become part of the established workforce, or parents themselves?

    Some very interesting times ahead.

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  2. You got that right, Matt. Great opportunity...and at the same time, great responsibility. We are really the first generation of parents who have to explain the internet to our children. I still don't know how the heck I'm going to do that! It's just not a tangible thing, you know?

    Aside from that, I believe that we are the front-runners of this new world, and it's our obligation to learn it and master it to further worthy causes. Of course, since you aren't a Christian, you may not consider evangelistic activities to be vitally important. But, I do.

    Like, what Billy Graham did in his lifetime...he was on the cutting edge of witnessing to masses of people. And he saw huge numbers of people saved at his revivals. It has been said that he has preached the gospel to more people than any other human being in history.

    Now, any one of us can reach millions of people...just like that. Think of some of these viral videos...The Laughing Baby? The Evolution of Dance? There are lots more, I just can't think of them right now.

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