Monday, August 26, 2013

The Problem with Disconnect

[Jesus] told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16)

It's never been easier than today to obey Jesus' command to "go into all the world." Social networking sites and smartphones put us in instantaneous communication with all seven truly is the World Wide Web. Discussions about faith...related issues have increases with social networking, yet according to The Barna Group 7 percent of Americans report any change in spiritual status over the past five years. We are talking more about Jesus, but it's having little to no impact.

As much as we talk or tweet about Jesus, we need to remember we fight a barrage of bad news items on those Internet feeds. People see and hear and read...and say, "No, thank you. Not if that's Jesus." You and I know Jesus...the real Jesus...but sometimes even we forget he isn't an American, he's not of an economic class, he doesn't affiliate with with any political party, and his way are not our ways. Somehow we need to understand him in the same way we hope to present him, and it may begin with admitting we haven't arrived yet. The Good News remain the same! Keep talking! Keep tweeting! But by all means, keep getting to know Jesus.

Action Plan
Don't rely on the Internet as your lifeline. Hold a real Bible in your hands, and interact with real people face-to-face. Our Facebook on-liners just aren't cutting it!

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