Posted by: tucsonjefe | July 3, 2009

Its a Digi-world World

I remember as a kid getting ready to go to Grandma’s.  She lived south of Ardmore close to Marietta.  That meant a drive of about 120 miles.  We packed a lunch and carried water for the radiator in our 1950 Plymouth wagon.  Wet cloths plus open windows equaled air conditioning.  The highway was tortuous and narrow and went right through every little town.  Some had stop signs, a couple had red lights.  All had speed limits, pedestrians, and zealous local constables. It was an all day affair not to be undertaken lightly. Then came I-35, 70 MPH speed limits, and better cars.  2 hours with a stop.  This morning we looked for tickets to Mexico City next month. We did it on the internet in just a few minutes, comparing costs among all available vendors.  It will be one of several international trips this year.  I will jump a flight that covers 2500 miles, zip in, zip out and be home again for a few hundred bucks.  The world is smaller.  People travel; regular people, not just rich people.  Life is no longer lived in a day’s ride of home.  It is lived wherever we feel like it. My neighborhood may well house Native Americans, native born Americans of every ethnic background, and immigrants from any place in the world.  It is a small, small world. 

For many of us older folks, the shrinking world concept is real in our heads, but we are pretty parochial in our attitudes.  For those born in the last thirty years, however, ease of transportation, internet connection, and 24/7 news coverage makes Tiananmen Square part of reality.  Just a couple of thoughts on the small-world, one-world mindset:

  1. This changes the way we do missions. I have been informed that it is no longer reasonable to support Americans who live on the field.  It is now only acceptable to send short term missionaries who will impart their divine product, then return home, allowing locals to apply concepts in their own culture.  I get that.  I do that.  There is more than that.
  2. Note that Paul found it necessary to leave someone on Crete and at Ephesus because the locals had got it wrong.  There are some things that do not become clear until one lives there long enough to swap cultural glasses. 
  3. Digital-world can’t assume that the rest of the world is privy to our electronic toys.  Having a Facebook friend from Saigon is not the same as being there.  It don’t stink!
  4. There are masses of humanity who must be reached on foot, on horseback, or in the streets.  Many can’t read much less turn on their iPhone to field your Tweet.  We can’t let contact with cultures substitute for touching individuals where they live. 
  5. It is more important than ever, whether in my culturally diverse neighborhood or in the streets of Faraway, to be clear in our message separating culture from Gospel truth.

 Scripture Reading:   For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!”  (Romans 10:12-15 NKJV)

 Somebody Said:  If sinners are to be damned, let them leap over our bodies to do so.  Charles H. Spurgeon

My job is GO:  Go preach, go make disciples, go be a witness.  When I am not personally going I am training and sending others to go.  Short-term, long-term, digitally, or by tortoise.  Just go till every man has had at least one clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 




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