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Blogging, the Internet and the Great Commission

April 20, 201228 Comments

I haven’t blogged for long, but it didn’t take long for me to know that I love it.  I’m naturally a writer and speaker, so I enjoy having this opportunity.  During my short time blogging I have come across some very impressive blogs, being written by some very impressive people. I thank God for the paths of people I have come across in the blogging world.

If the Apostle Paul had the internet what would he do with it?

Before I give my answer to that question I want to layout some finer points that can give some perspective and back drop to my thoughts.  In America we have went through the radio broadcast era, where being on the radio was crème de la crop, and owning a radio station could cost a small fortune.  There was one man who paid $300,000 for a radio station back in the 70’s.  Radio brought with it the opportunity to reach hundreds and thousands of people.  Television came introducing the opportunity to not only hear the person but see them.  T.V brought with it a premium as well.  While radio and T.V are still in our lives, the internet has brought with it a whole new digital era, revolutionizing both radio and T.V.

The advent of the internet has leveled the playing field, toppling the usual requirement of hundreds of thousands of dollars for entry, to zero and next to nothing!

We are in a time unlike any other, we can set up a “radio station” and/or podcast on the internet for free in some instances and for next to nothing in others.  The price for television air time is still at a premium, but again the internet has opened the door for broadcasting: YouTube, Godtube,video blogging, and other services are part of the leveling force to the traditional structure that previously limited entry players like you and I. The internet and technology has presented an unprecedented opportunity to each of us.  Guttenberg would be blown away with WordPress, E-books, the ease of blogging, Kindles and whispersync, and the simplicity of publishing writings for global viewing.  Wycliffe is probably rolling in his grave in excitement over biblegateway.com, and the many people who scripture blog, putting the word of God for view to potentially millions and billions.

for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.  (2 Ti 2:9)

Paul was in chains at the time he wrote that to Timothy, he recognized an important point about God’s word in his letter, it was not chained! It couldn’t be imprisoned or be held back, by his limitation to physically reach others.  I think that if the internet was around for Paul he’d use it to spread the knowledge of the Kingdom of God, and they’d fill it with every bit of information about His love, and salvation, they could.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. (Psa 100:5)

The Great Commission, not only gave us authority in Jesus’ name to spread the Gospel to the world, but made us partners in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).  As a willing vessel, surrendered for His glory, the internet is another tool in the hands of a mighty God.  As the Holy Spirit works through us, the internet is a tool for the spreading of the knowledge of the Lord, and websites the holder of the greatest truth’s we have.  In one click we send content to the internet that can be viewed across the globe, and often is.  His truth will endure to all generations; from the spoken story telling era, to the written and print era, to radio and tv now to the internet and e-base era the knowledge of the Lord will endure.

What are your thoughts on this?

Is spreading God’s message of grace and love the reason your blogging?

Do you know of any one that still looks at the internet as “evil”?  If so, why?

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  1. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    You truly have an awesome here. Thanks for sharing and do continue to allow God to use you for his glory as you walk out your purpose in this life and move swiftly towards you destination. Peace and grace be with you now and always.

  2. Judy says:

    As a fellow blogger, I appreciate the freedom to write and, hopefully as it is my desire, to direct readers to think more deeply about who God is and what his Word communicates about him. The internet, in my opinion, is value neutral. It can, and is, being used for evil. It can, and is, being used for good and to reach people with the transformative good news of Jesus Christ. I think Paul would have made full use of it, if I may be so bold as to guess:) But God can get the word out without our technology too. Paul just had some scrolls and ink, and look what God did with it! Ultimately, He is the one who reaches people. Good post – thanks!

  3. I believe that because my heart is for Christ, that whether I’m posting on homeschooling, family, poetry and writings, or about Christ, he will always come through because all that I am, the gifts and talents inside, are his to use and for him to shine through in what I do. So of course, my purpose is to share Christ in all things I blog. Pretty much why my blog is called For His Glory and Praise. “Do everything you do as if doing it for God, not for man.” Yes, the internet can be evil in many ways, but the Lord can use it for good even more, just as he can use us, humans filled with evil and failing, for his purpose. Thank you for your blog thoughts. I enjoyed them and especially loved the thought of what the Apostle Paul would have done if he had the internet. Great thoughts!

  4. Carri Worton says:

    Oh if only the men and women of God today had the heart and passion of the first church!! The whole world would be on fire with the word of God burning in thier hearts and minds! so few turned the world over and the message went to the far reaches of their world… Oh Lord Jesus that our hearts might burn with your passion for your bride, for the church, for the lost and perishing!! That we might stop living life simply to enjoy, and start allowing the consuming love of God to motivate us to give it all up and reach a dying and needy world! Hit us with a Damascus Road Experience Jesus!! May we encounter you and take the world like the first church took theirs!

  5. I believe blogging is a way for people of diversity to come together through Christ. God’s expressions are seen everywhere. I cannot imagine the evil in that.

  6. Mel says:

    Hmm…question number 1…DEFINITELY!!! That’s my one desire in ALL things; the deepest cry of my heart. Question number 2…umm, maybe I’m just too young but I don’t think I know anyone who considers the internet evil. I do however know people who consider Facebook, Twitter, and other such sights as evil or, rather, a waste of time or vain.

    Thanks for posting!!! 🙂

  7. Ginny says:

    Hi,
    I think I’m following you. I tried to follow, and ran into a series of windows. Anyways, will follow your new home. I am always interested in what you have to say my friend. 🙂

  8. Sebastian says:

    Hello my fellow blogger! I just wanted to inform you that I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Hooray for you! I have done so because you and your blog is an inspiration to me and my ministry. There is no pressure to accept—please visit my blog at http://faith1stministries.com for more details. Congratulations and may God’s best be yours!—Sebastian

  9. Awesome post friend. I hope everything is working out for you. God bless

  10. This is a great thought. In fact, it sets at the front of my mind each day. First, regardless of blogging, I try to stay in tune with this scripture: She looks well to the ways of her household and eats not the bread of idleness (Prov 31:27).

    I have that printed out and stuck to my computer. I don’t believe the internet is evil. But, I believe it can bring out some “darkness” in someone. I don’t want to neglect my God, my family and my home with the internet. I don’t want to give the best of my attention or my day to the internet. And that is hard. The internet can be a very useful tool (in the hands of a disciplined believer). 🙂

    In fact, I had to delete my personal Facebook profile over a year ago because I simply wasn’t disciplined enough to give it only a few spare minutes. Facebook was getting some of my quality time and energy. 🙁

    As for blogging, I was prompted by the Lord to start my blog. And I try to remember it belongs to Him. There have been times I’ve started a post and realized it was simply and completely about me and not Him. I then deleted the post. I don’t believe someone writing about themselves is wrong. It’s simply my conviction for Refusing to Tiptoe.

    • Thomas Smith says:

      Cristal,

      Your conviction about honoring God with your life and time is awesome, you are definitely setting an example to all. I thank you for obeying God and starting your blog, the internet needs people like you to fill it with God honoring and God influenced information. God Bless you and your whole household.

  11. Walter says:

    Brother Thomas, you obviously have an awesome blog. I appreciate the thrust and focus on it! May the Lord continue to bless your witness of Him. The current post is great as well!

    Now to your questions:
    I think all of the Christian blogs I’ve come across have different goals and emphasis, but I think their overall purpose is not only to bring glory to God, but also spread the message of God’s mercy, grace and love.

    There is a very devout, precious 90 years old lady in our church who thinks the internet is of the Devil. Of course, we know the Internet is not evil, but it can be used for evil purposes.
    Likewise, God can use it and is using it for the advancement of his kingdom and for his glory. I think Paul would have been all over it – “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Cor. 9:22). That by all means
    Having said that, I think many Christians are tempted to allow these technologies to serve as a substitute for participation in the local church. So I guess my question is how can we use the tools of media effectively without becoming subsumed by them?

    Thanks for the opportunity to share.
    Blessings on you!
    Walter

    • Thomas Smith says:

      Brother Walter,

      Thanks for the time you spent in reading the post. You are right there are those who are tempted to allow the internet with all it offers to replace the fellowship at a local body of believers. While it can be trying at times to be an involved and dedicated member of a church, I’d pray that all of God’s people would find a place admist people where they can get love and support, no matter how broken it is at times.

      I give a humble answer to your question. I think that the answer lies in what we are using these tools for or rather do we see them as tools or something to consume for our enjoyment. Right now I think that if we get “missional” in our mindsets and allow our thoughts about the tools to develop from there, then they’ll fall in place and be subserviant to our mission. However, if we go along with a “consumer” mindset, then we’ll become subsumed by them.

      Great question! God bless you.

  12. Paulette says:

    Hello Thomas,

    I definitely don’t believe the Internet is evil. However, I do believe that the motives of certain individuals who use the Internet can be evil, for sure!

    Wonderful, wonderful post! The fact that I am blogging and reaching across the world to tell of the goodness of Jesus, is something I never imagined! This was most definitely orchestrated by God. I give Him all the glory. I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers, who are lifting the name of Jesus high! As I go about reading the various blogs and commenting, as well as reading other Christ centered material, it comes to mind that this cannot take the place of quality time spent in the Lord’s presence. There is that tendency, to become so caught up in doing the work of the Lord, but forgetting about the Lord of the work. I try to be cognizant of this fact, as well as to govern myself accordingly. Thanks for visiting my blog. It gave me the opportunity to visit here. God bless you, and may heaven smile upon you.

    Paulette

    • Thomas Smith says:

      Paulette,

      You are definitely right,our work for the Lord can’t take place of our worship of Him and time spent with Him. I think that mistake is the first of what can turn into a long list of others. You are right there are so many other bloggers who exalting Jesus, its encouraging and I’m thankful for each one. How long have you been blogging?

      God’s peace, grace and love to you!

  13. Hi, Thomas,
    Not only Internet which Technology has given us, is under the Hand of God Almighty, but the whole Technology is ordained by God.

    This is my point. Technology is not the result of the increased knowledge of humans with the time. If so, by the time Jesus was born, electricity would have been invented as the time (since the beginning of this world)behind the birth of Christ is still much more than the time after the birth of Christ, which has been spent to this day. But you see, Technology came up so quickly just after Jesus came to this world.

    The truth is God Himself has given Technology to the world in order that the Scripture comes to fulfillment. For example, Jesus asked the disciples to go to all nations looking at the present Technology God the Father had ordained to give to the world. John is seeing the mark of the beast 2000 years ago which would result from the present Technology.

    I would like to invite you to read my article titled “Divine Purpose behind Technology”. Link – http://www.thejoelsarmy.com/2012/05/divine-purpose-behind-technology.html

    God Bless You for sharing your thoughts!

    • Thomas Smith says:

      Iroshan,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, I’m not certain of the scriptural references that show technology as ordained, but I definiteley believe that everything created is to give God glory, by being used in line with His will, specifically to to further His kingdom, and give life not kill, help the poor, feed the hungry etc.

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