Christians today are living in what is surely the last days of the Age of Grace. In what can only be God’s sovereign eternal plan within his perfect timing, Christians in America have greater tools for evangelism and for defending the Gospel than at any time in world history. We are able to reach more people, saved and unsaved, with technology and the Internet than any Christians before us. Therefore, we have a special responsibility Christians in other generations did not have, because they did not have the powerful tools God has made available to us. Let me unpack this exciting revelation.
While the vast majority of Christians in America today think that the opportunities for evangelism or to defend the Gospel are rare because of America’s cultural hostility, the truth is quite the opposite. There are far more opportunities for Christians today than in all previous generations. Many Christians sit at home thinking,
I’m not a street evangelist. I can’t go downtown and hold a sign up that says ‘Jesus loves you’. I’d probably get run over or shot. I’d like to do something for God, but there’s nothing I can do. No one is interested in God or the Bible, and you can’t even talk about God in public schools or college campuses or just about anywhere in public. I’m not a preacher or a T.V. evangelist, so I can’t seem to do anything to serve God.
This seems to be the consensus in America among Christians, but we have been deceived. We have the most powerful tools at our fingertips, and they are affordable, easy to use, and literally have the potential to reach billions of people. We have a free Internet used by almost everyone on earth. We have free browsers, free blogging platforms and website platforms, free search engines, and we can do our own search engine optimization. We can create beautiful sites organized to present the Gospel, to tell the story of Jesus coming to die on the cross as our sacrificial lamb, of God’s great love for us, of his amazing grace, of our hope and the glory to be revealed in us when we are united with Christ at the great wedding feast.
We can stand for truth in a time of great lies and deception, and we can defend the Gospel in a time of vicious attacks. When all that is true and good and righteous is under attack, we have at our fingertips the most powerful tools ever invented to stand firm. We can write articles, post photos, upload videos free to Youtube and other private platforms, and we can organize with plugins and extensions that are also free and help us create sites that are easy to navigate based on intuitive navigation habits. We can create menus, drop down menus, accordion menus, links to any other online sources, and links to online Bible verses.
We can create ebooks, ezines, social media sites, and if we want to, we can create communities of like minded Christians who work together for a common goal. We have technologies to conduct online meetings, seminars, and we can create pre-recorded video seminars or educational podcasts. We can do live video shows or live podcasts. The possibilities for evangelism and to stand against deception and propaganda are limited only by our skills and imaginations, subject of course, to God’s will and pleasure.
What would the Apostle Paul say if he were here and we told him we had these tools? I can imagine what he might say as he got up and began to pace the room in front of us, a sense of excitement building in him as he would be thinking intensely about the possibilities. He would be too excited to sit down, and as he began to brainstorm out loud with us, he would most certainly gesticulate with both hands from time to time. He might say something like this:
Do you realize what this means for the Kingdom? We have been given a great gift! An extraordinary gift with the power to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. I used to wear sandals out from all the walking on dirt roads, over stones and in dry lands, but this new technology on this worldwide platform you call the Internet can take a message, like the ones I wrote in prison, and send those messages out in seconds to potentially billions of people! I used to get excited when I got some papyrus and some ink and a pen to slowly write what God would give me, but what you’re telling me is that we can take that same message that God has given all of us, and we can make it fly like an angel around the earth instantaneously! Praise God! How am I going to sleep tonight! We must get to work. Where do we start?
Paul would be so excited, he probably would never sleep again. So . . . what are Christians doing today to spread the good news, to be salt and light, and to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
What are you and I going to do? We don’t have fewer opportunities for evangelism today. We have infinitely more opportunities by virtue of technologies and the Internet. We have tools to unite Christians around the world. How shall we play our hand? As Paul might have said, “Where do we begin?”