By Samuel Kwizera
Imagine Apostle Paul being able to write all the 14 letters, record videos for YouTube and publishing them on the internet. For a second think of how much his ministry would yield more with this kind of technology around him. I am always in awe when I think about all the hustle, the pain and zeal that pushed the gospel through one of the darkest ages of human history: in times when being a Christian was equal to saying”I am ready for death!” But even in those times Christians were able to hide the scriptures from being burnt and kept the faith until the ripple effect of this beautiful wave of the gospel appeared in our times.
Imagine telling a group of uneducated fishermen and peasants of Galilee that “But you will receive power when The Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)! With all the development that had been done by the Roman civilization to develop the infrastructure, it was still closer to impossible to take this message to the ends of the world.
But look at us now: the web is just another world with its own realities, people hooping on Google to ask one of the hardest questions like who is God? Why did Jesus die? Is Jesus the son of God and much more to which we could offer answers and insights. But some of us are demonizing these tools, deciding when to engage ourselves or even afraid of living out our convictions and the hope we have received from Jesus who died for our sins.
The Lockdown in my opinion shone an immense light on the need for us to go out on the conventional ways of Sunday service, expensive conferences to get on our WhatsApp status, Instagram stories, TikTok and every possible medium of mass communication to tell the world of the Good News. There is so much pain, anxiety and hopelessness in the world and keeping the truth we know is like lighting a candle and covering it. You and I ought to know that since we were not given the spirit of fear or timid, it’s right for us to confidently get out of the norm and preach the message of God. The button has been given to us and it’s our turn to push the gospel in this time with many isms and ideologies seeking to blemish the message of our Lord.
Ephesians 5: 16
Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.