Welcome back, Los. Welcome back.
The Ragamuffin man took a self-imposed “blogatical” for the season of Lent. Now he’s back online and spittin’ some wisdom. (For those of you who have no idea who I am referring to, check out his blog here. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you also know that I threw down the “@LosWhit Challenge” a few months back. No movement on this front so far!)
Here’s some goodness from his post on March 15th:
1.Ã‚Â We take ourselves too seriously.
I have snuck online and seen some banter about online community vs. offline community and the definition of community and the means by which we should gather community and are we losing community by communitying in this community.Ã‚Â blahblahblahblah.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my 10 cents in the discussion.
Quit trying to figure out everyone elseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s avenue of life and worry about the pothole you are driving up to in yours.Ã‚Â Seriously.
4.Ã‚Â I wonder if modern day Christian leaders are more concerned about becoming famous than becoming Jesus?
6.Ã‚Â I honestly believe God can place a calling and anointing on someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life to minister specifically through this online medium.Ã‚Â I feel the naysayers are spittinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ the same stuff Billy Graham heard when he decided to start doing television revivals.
You can read the rest of the list here, but these are the ones that particularly spoke to me.
People always criticize what they do not understand, and right now there are very few people who see and believe in the value of the online medium.
Like Los, I firmly believe that God will use the internet to reach people in culturally relevant ways, just like he’s been doing since the beginning of time. Most of us don’t understand (or don’t want to understand) what God is doing online, so we demonize it and marginalize those who believe there’s power behind it.
This is a note of encouragment to those of you who are struggling with what ministry looks like online; who believe that God is up to something exponentially bigger than we could ever dream of. This is to those of you who are experiementing with blogs, webcasts, online and internet campuses, Twitter, YouTube, and looking at ministry outside of the box: Keep Going.
God is looking for people who want to see the possibilities that he sees; not those who believe they already know what the right thing to do is..