Be a missionary and still get home for dinner
BY Matthew Warner
| Posted 3/25/10 at 11:36 AM
Where do you want to go? China? Afghanistan? Paris? Moscow? Africa? Take your pick.
And don’t worry about packing your bags. No vaccines necessary. Leave your wallet in your pocket. And tell your family you’ll be home for dinner. Actually you can take them with you if you’d like. All you need to do is go sit down in front of your computer, say a prayer and step out into the untamed lands of the Digital Continent.
The Web has given Christians a new and vast mission field that needs missionaries.
“Perhaps one of the finest gifts which we could offer to Jesus Christ on the two thousandth anniversary of his birth would be that the Good News will at last be made known to every person in the world - first of all through the living witness of Christian example, but also through the media: ‘Communicating Jesus Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life’. May this be the aim and commitment of all who profess the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the source of life and truth (cf. Jn 5:26; 10:10, 28), and who have the privilege and the responsibility of working in the vast and influential world of social communications.” - Pope John Paul II (31st WCD, 1997)
So we need to make the Good News known to every person through “the living witness of the Christian example, but also through the media”. And New Media gives us the power to combine both of those very effectively: To be a living witness of the Christian example using the media online.
With every tweet you send, status message you update, link you post on your wall, chat conversation you start, are you being a living witness? Are you making the Good News known?
And are you taking advantage of the opportunity to witness to people across the world who may not know the Good News? Maybe they’ve heard about Jesus, but they’ve never actually met a Christian. And not just a Christian who checks the box on their social networking profile, but one who lives the example of a Christian. One who lives an authentic, Christian life.
There are a lot of hungry people online from every single part of the world. They are hungry for the Truth. They are ready to meet a missionary. And there’s no need for brazen proselytization. You don’t have to go door-to-door anymore or travel to far-away lands. Just send them an IM. Introduce yourself. Make friends. Reach out. Be there for them. Share your life. Love them. It’s easier than ever before.
The call for us then is two-fold. First, live an authentically Christian life. Second, go on a mission and be home in time for dinner.
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