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Analog churches in a digital world

Unless you’ve been stranded on a remote island or living on another planet, you know that analog television is going the way of the dinosaur.  It is being replaced by digital television.  Advancements in technology have made this possible. 

You can keep your analog television, but if it receives it signals through an antenna it must be adapted in order to receive the digital signals that will be exclusively transmitted in the United States beginning in February.  So feel free to hang on to your old set if you want to, but don’t kid yourself – we are living in a digital world.  Digital television is like the internet, cell phones, Facebook, or blogging – you may not like them, but they’re here to stay.  So the smart thing to do is to learn how to adapt because these things are the future.

We cannot afford to be analog churches in a digital world.  There are some Christians who just shake their heads and proudly state that they don’t participate in . . . (fill in the blank with your choice of technology).  If time ever starts moving backward, they will be at the head of the line.  But as long as it moves forward, they will remain at the back.

Tract racks are fine, but they had their day and it’s not likely to return.  Websites are the tract racks of the church today.  An ever increasing amount of people make first contact with a church not through the phone book, newspaper ads, or even people – but through the web.  That means if a church’s website is not attractive, up-to-date, and user-friendly, they could lose someone before we ever have a chance to “meet” them.  That’s the reality of the web-based world we live in.

2 Chronicles 11-12 recount the story of the people of Israel pledging their allegiance to David after he is publicly anointed king (11:1-3).  In 12:23ff, a list is given of warriors who joined with David.  In v. 32, the writer speaks of “the men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.”  These soldiers understood what had transpired.  David was now king and Saul wasn’t coming back (he was dead).  They understood the times and were adapting to the new reality.  They didn’t want to be soldiers of Saul in a King David world. 

We cannot be an analog church if we want to reach a digital world!

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