We’re well into the 21st century and there’s no doubt that technology has been exploding. Just think of all the cool tech gadgets that you use on a daily basis. I remember when the very first cell phone came out and it looked something like the picture below.
Do you remember those days when if you wanted to make a cell phone call then you had to pull out a briefcase that had a phone the size of Texas?
If you’re like the majority of us, you probably never owned one of these because they were just too darn expensive. These types of phones were definitely not made for the masses but only for a select privileged few.
But as the years have gone by and technology has brought us smaller and cheaper things, now almost anyone can afford a phone. And when I write anyone, I mean anyone!
So with that in mind, here are my top 5 reasons why I think Internet evangelism is going to be the next big thing:
1) Technology has become extremely affordable
If you think about desktops, laptops, tablets, or phones, you’ll see that in every one of these categories there are products that you can buy in a wide price range.
You can buy a nice laptop for $1500 or you can buy a netbook for $300. You can buy a phone for $200 or you can get one for free depending on the type of phone, carrier, and promotion.
The thing is that whether you buy an expensive product or a cheap one, all these devices are capable of giving a digital presentation of the gospel.
Even people in poverty-stricken countries can now afford a relatively cheap phone or tablet. You’ll soon be able to buy a tablet for less than $50 just like they are doing in India.
2) Internet evangelism can reach millions of people
With the advancements in technology, there is nothing to prevent us from evangelizing to people anywhere in the world. You might be in North America and you can reach somebody in Asia with the Good News. You might be in Asia and now you can evangelize to someone in South America.
With the Internet being available almost anywhere around the globe, we now have the tool necessary to spread our message that Jesus saves!
3) It’s cheap
Think about all the money it costs to put on a mass evangelism event like a Billy Graham crusade. You have to rent a stadium, advertise your event, and hire people to help you setup and tear down. Plus, you’ll need to coordinate hundreds of volunteers to help.
I will always love these types of events and I believe that they will always be necessary. But at the same time, we now can reach just the same amount of people if not more at a fraction of the cost. I believe that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has also realized this and so they have also entered into the arena of Internet evangelism.
4) People love to share
People love to share all sorts of things and that’s why social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others have become so popular.
Christians who have been touched by God’s love are also eager to share their testimonies and to point others to Christ. They might be shy or afraid but in their heart, they want people to have the same joy that they have experienced personally by giving their life to Christ.
5) Non-Christians are searching for God
The number of people searching for God is an absolutely HUGE number!
More than 55 million people are searching for God around the world every month. That’s millions of people who are hurting, who feel empty, and who feel like there is no purpose in life.
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In your own opinion, what do you think is the best way to reach people on the Internet with the Good news? Share your feedback by writing a comment.
[fireworks image courtesy of Jon Spence and cell phone image courtesy of John Bundy]