Monday, August 27, 2007
For God so Loved the World (Wide-Web)
Why does the world hate Christians? Is it because of our narrow-minded stances on hot topic issues like abortion and gay marriage? No. Is it because we boldly proclaim that there is only one way to eternal life? Hardly. Is it because we elect public officials based solely on their views of the state of Israel and not their stances on education, health care, or the environment? Still, I say no. Then why? What else is there?
Well, I think I uncovered the reason today. While flipping through the pages of a Christian publication, I happened to notice a three page ad for a new website called… brace yourself… ThySpace. I could hardly believe it. Yet, I logged onto the world-wide-web and, well, this site really exists.
Before we grab pitchforks and torches, I am sure the creator has good intentions. Even still, I could choke him with his WWJD bracelet because he is making us look like idiots. Sure, it might seem like a good idea, much like Christian music, but before long you have to ask yourself when enough is enough. These types of things can get out of hand so quickly that before you know it, your listening to crap like Big Tent Revival and can’t tell the difference.
I hate this idea for many reasons but I will respect your time and only list three.
Number 1: I hate that some Christians think that it is okay, even witty, to steal something that the world has produced and “redeem” it. If I sit through another cutesy sermon series ripped from Hollywood or Must-See-TV I am going to throw up. I don’t care what the fall line up on ABC looks like, I don’t want my Jesus served to me by someone who is asking himself, “What eternal truths can we learn from Gray’s Anatomy?” For God’s sake, do you realize what we are doing? We are taking texts that are thousands of years old and naming them “the King of Queens (and Kings)”.
Number 2: I hate that we think MySpace needs redeeming in the first place. It is a perfectly good tool as it is. A computer program or a website cannot be Christian or non-Christian. Jesus did not die for a website. Therefore it cannot be redeemed. The creators of ThySpace say this about their site:
Christians across the globe will be invited to join and communicate with other Christians, Pastors, Youth Ministers, Churches, Bookstores, Organizations, Musicians, Professionals and Individuals enabling them to fellowship, network, collaborate and cultivate their ideas to glorify Jesus Christ.Visitors will be invited to create a free profile enabling them to join and participate in the ThySpace global community and help full fill the call of "The Great Commission". By showcasing each person’s unique talents and gifts; artists, bands, bookstores, ministries, organizations, etc... We can work together to spread the good news.
Does anyone else read that and wonder, “Why can’t you accomplish that on the real MySpace?” Why do we insist on running from the world to create our safe little worlds where no one says bad words, we are all encouraging, and Toby Mac is still a big rock star? I mean seriously, stop spending your time posting on GodTube and actually have a conversation with someone who doesn’t know Jesus.
Number 3: I hate ThySpace because my page layout is not big enough to get an American flag with Jesus fish stars centered and still have room for my Point of Grace concert pictures. Some people just don’t get it!