USA (MNN) — If you’re over 30 years old, you probably remember what life was like before the internet, smartphones, and social media. Communicating and obtaining information, generally speaking, happened at a slower pace.
With today’s technology, you can post, watch, or create anything your heart desires, at any time of day, as long as you have WiFi. Digital media offers an opportunity most Christians miss.
“It allows you to bring the Gospel, the hope of Jesus, to the ends of the earth,” Doug Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries says.
“The enemy has been using technology. He has put sin at the fingertips of every person; he is where people are hanging out and offering what he would like them to turn to,” Hutchcraft continues.
“How exciting is it that we can be hanging out in the public square as well, drawing people to Jesus through these amazing technologies?”
You don’t have to be under the age of 30 to take advantage of these opportunities. “If it’s in your heart to do it, then see what platform you’re excited about, what the Lord draws you to, and just learn how to use it,” Hutchcraft suggests.
“Don’t allow the fact that you don’t know how to use it (technology and platforms) intimidate you; most of them are simpler than you think.”
The Gospel and technology
Hutchcraft compares the present opportunity to one of Protestant Christian history. “It sounds funny to call a printing press ‘technology,’ but that is exactly what it was – cutting-edge technology [in 1440],” he says.
“By using this technology – the Gutenberg press – Luther was able to get God’s Word to the masses [and] had an enormous impact on the Christian world. Before that, the Word of God was not in the hands of people; it was only in the hands of religious leaders who would use it to oppress people.”
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries uses the “Gutenberg presses of today” to flood desperate hearts with the hope of Christ.
“We’ve used radio, books, and traditional speaking engagements in the past [and] we still do those things. But we’re passionate about [finding] new formats and mediums [as well],” Hutchcraft says.
RHM uses digital media like podcasts, videos, and blogs to proclaim the Gospel. Today’s technology gives people easy access to this content.
“We put them online, we put them in social media, so people can find Jesus where they’re hanging out.”
Join our email list so you’ll be the first to know when an upcoming RHM podcast launches. “This podcast is about adjustments you can make in your conversations, in social media, [and] the things you already do, to be a Jesus magnet,” Hutchcraft says.
“When people see you, they are going to see the Jesus you serve. Every believer is an ambassador; whether they know it or not, whether they act like it or not.”
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