The Cyber Mission Field Is Likely The Greatest Opportunity In History to Share the Gospel

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   4/2/2012

Do you know about him? Will you tell me about him? Where can we meet so you can tell us about him? Do you have a bible and can we have one?

These are some of the questions that missionaries hear all the time, when someone finds out they are Christians. 

The information age has changed a lot of things in a short time. The ease of sharing information has brought with it an increase of sharing ideas, both good and bad.

In many ways, the advantages of the Internet of sharing ideas have been primarily used by those that work against Christ, in darkness to gather and mobilize those that work to discredit anyone that believes in Christ.  Much of their exceeding boldness comes from the success they found using the Internet.

Some ministries have jumped into the information age, like Coral Ridge Ministries and Family Research Council, who are working to create a network of websites with a global strategy to promote and share the messages of Christ. But for the most part, very few ministries are active on the Internet and almost none of them are working on a strategy plan to take advantage of the Internet to convince people to believe in Christ. (Jeremiah 23:22).

In many ways, the church has not responded to the Internet. Perhaps the investment in large comfortable building, coupled with the existing revenue model has delayed churches from considering new approaches to evangelism on the internet.

On the other hand, those that oppose the gospel, groups like Atheist who do not have investments in building that are tied to revenue models have aggressively used the Internet to gather supporters and execute new strategies to gain influent.

Effects of Post-Modernism, Shortage of Truth

Because of this, there is a shortage of truth on the Internet. The effects of post-modernism, which is the theory that truth is relative, is gaining influence with the young generation because they spend more time on the Internet than anywhere else.

The church needs to realize that the greatest opportunity for its future is to target evangelism on the Internet, because most people that do not attend church are active on the Internet. The potential audience is much larger than any church can hold, with millions of people from all over the world surfing the web, looking for answers.

In an age when the truth is available to everyone, you would think that everyone would come to believe in Christ.  As the theory of post-modernism collapses upon itself, people are looking for answers, they are searching for the truth – and having a hard time finding it – because the enemies of Christ have flooded the Internet with false ideas making the truth very difficult to find.  Because of this, many are simply concluding that truth cannot be found.

One of the darkest places today is the Internet, dominated by the media which has long been abandoned by the faithful.  It you want to go to a dark place in the world, to reach a lost group of people, where no one is shining the light of Christ, and leading people to salvation, consider the Internet as a place where your influent could have the largest impact.

Long titles

One of the key trends to helping people find information is to understand how people are processing data.  Twitter has gained popularity because it only allows 140-characters to be sent at a time. These short messages are quick to read, for many reasons such as reading on a cell phone with a small screen and because people can scan several messages at a time. 

This is the reason I always try to use long titles, because when articles are shared, most people are only reading the titles. So the titles have to convey the entire message. 

Cyber missions

Unlike other mission fields the Cyber mission field does not have a financial support system. It is unlikely that there is a line item in your church budget for Cyber missions. 

Not to mention that you will be going into hostile territory, in which you will likely be ridiculed and slandered, as the enemies of Christ try to discredit and silence you.  All of these you will have to overcome.  But consider what is at stake, the bible tells us of many times that a people lost faith in God in one generation and there several recent books indicate that the church is not reaching the next generation.

How will they know about Christ if we do not tell them, how will they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)  For now we still have the freedom to publish the message of Christ on the Internet, unlike most people in the world. We need to realize the tremendous opportunity we have and defend it as long as we can.

If you are looking for a place to save lives, to change the future of the next generation, by changing the atmosphere on the Internet, than I invite you to join the Cyber mission field.

Christians should move into the media to gain influence in the culture and cast down the arguments that are against the knowledge of Christ (2 Cor 10:5).

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