Lighting the candle: Is technology a blessing or a curse?

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15)

The world since antiquity has witnessed various forms of technological advancements. These products of man’s quest for knowledge have improved the well-being of people. Conversely, technology particularly internet, and Television have often been singled out as being behind moral decay in the world. Nonetheless, it can be said without any benefit of doubt that technology  has right from the very onset been relevant to the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ as evident in   the extent at which it has managed to aid in the spreading of the gospel globally.

Munthali: Technology can be utilized for the gospel

Historically, during the reign of Emperor Augustus Caesar in the Roman Empire, technological advancements in architecture, communication and transportation   were set in motion. The period witnessed a sound road network linking all parts of the Empire. With such improvements it was easier then for the early Christians to reach out the whole empire with the gospel.

Furthermore, the form and state of the contemporary technology, which has left many in a state of wonder pondering on the creativity of the brains behind such technological advancements, has to a greater extent been a blessing in advancement of the gospel of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is imperative to note that apart from being tailored at addressing particular needs of people, technological innovations in transportation, communication and infrastructure have been successfully used as vehicles or media for carrying the gospel from one place to a far geographical setting.

The advent of Aeroplanes, ships, cars and other relevant modes of transportation have accelerated the spread of the gospel to far places on the globe. Even in those countries where practicing Christianity is illegal, people are gradually accessing the good news through the internet, social media, television, and radio stations.

Interestingly, access to the gospel has been made easier with the prevailing fact that most of the Christian television and radio channels are free.  As a result of this state of affair, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been brought within the people’s reach. Through such medium, renowned preachers of the gospel have been brought within the spheres of our homes. In all these scenarios, technology has effectively acted as a tool of transmitting the good news of Christ to the whole world, and in the process fulfilling the Great Commission as instigated by Jesus Christ.

In this commission, Jesus ordered his followers to go into the entire world and preach the good news, and only when the gospel is preached to all nations the end will come. For sure his disciples might have wondered how they would reach the whole world using the-then means which were limited. However, they didn’t know that Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, foresaw all these modern technological advancements which would aid in the fulfilment of His Great Commission.

It is therefore clear that by aiding in the spread of the gospel and hence fulfilling the Great Commission, technology has, by implication, acted as an eye opener towards the imminent second coming of our LORD Jesus Christ.

In reference to all these above points, that while technology may have been in one way or the other abused to advance satanic agenda, it is befitting to conclude that it has also to a greater extent been a blessing and relevant to the gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ by helping it to reach to a wider audience.

It is therefore important that Christians fully utilize technology in advancing the spread of the gospel to all the nations so that all should come to the knowledge of truth and repentance through our LORD Jesus Christ as the Day draws near.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” – Revelation 22: 12-15

It’s time to light the Candle by effectively utilizing technology for the advancement of the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ.

“Light shines in darkness, and darkness did not overcome it” – John 1: 5

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2 thoughts on “Lighting the candle: Is technology a blessing or a curse?”

  1. mapuya says:

    Thanks be to the Lord

  2. HIM says:

    Well put and very interesting. Technology advancement has really brought fastiness of gospel preaching. He who ears, let him hear.

    Thumb up Makhumbo.

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