Yeah, we know the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) – Go into all the world and preach the Gospel …
Go into the Online World, too?
But did Jesus mean for us to go into the online world, too?
The online world is a virtual world. The online world is a digital representation of people, but not real people, or not real real people, right? Surely Jesus didn’t mean for us to go into a virtual world and make virtual disciples and baptize virtually. Or did he?
Do you think it is possible that Jesus did NOT foresee that someday there would be a whole virtual world where people interacted, engaged, were social, even served and taught one another?
Question Needing an Answer
Question: Should the local church tackle reaching out or reaching into the online world as well?
Answer: A resounding, “Yes.”
One of the things I learned when I taught online for many years was that there is a whole demographic of people who are more comfortable sharing and interacting in a written medium than they are in a physical one.
Put a bunch of people in a room and the introverts will sit and watch what happens. Put the same group online and that quiet group will find a voice.
I have had some great conversations with people by writing back and forth … ONLINE … than I could have had they just been another person in a group.
Local Church Goes Virtual
The local church can also reach more people more quickly and more broadly online. And make no mistake, when you reach people where they are, they are more likely to at some point meet you where you are.
It happens. I know from experience. I’ll share how I know in a future post.
For now, the point is … Yes, the local church should be reaching into the virtual online world, too.
What do you think?