Reaching The Online Generation

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Loving the Online Generation

Posted on | July 24, 2008 |

Christians, in general, don’t love lost people.  If we did, we would act differently.  And we would pray differently.

Christians don’t love lost people because they don’t take the time to know them.  As if lostness is a highly contagious disease or something.  I sin, as much as I try not to, but I can’t get ‘lost’ again.

In order to impact lostness, we have to get to know lost people.  We have to celebrate with them.  We have to bleed with them.  In short, we have to get to know them well enough to love them.

Over couple of weeks, my lost friends have:

  • Closed on a house
  • Lost a father
  • Worried that their mother wouldn’t love her when she found out her daughter was gay.
  • Woken up with hangovers
  • Got a raise
  • Fought with their boss
  • Laughed over something their kid said
  • Talked about lunch
  • Went to see movies
  • Cleaned out their garages
  • Got married
  • Cried
  • Laughed (a lot)
  • Demonstrated love for their spouse

Getting to know lost people changes the way to pray for them.  I feel my prayers more than ever.  There is an intensity in my prayers that wasn’t there before.  When was the last time you prayed intensely for a lost person?

Getting to know lost people changes the urgency of my call.  I don’t want them to die without knowing Christ.  Before, the thought made me sad.  Now, it breaks my heart.  When was the last time you cried over lostness?

If you feel that you need to spend more time praying for the lost, get to know a few.  If you feel that aren’t passionate about introducing the lost to Christ, make some lost friends.  Prayer and passion are a direct result of loving them.

The Online Generation is there.  Get to know them.  Cultivate a love for them.

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”  Philemon 1:6

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One Response to “Loving the Online Generation”

  1. Steve
    August 11th, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    Touched a chord here that resonates with what I’m thinking through at present. I’m struggling to go deeper in my - what - commitment? faith-walk? discipline? - and realizing that a major part of that is to reach out to others. Suddenly started reading lots of blogs & books. Reassessing my part in ‘church’. The first time you walk into a church, you figure the guy up front knows what he’s doing, and you let him lead you in worship. After some time, however, you realize you need to do something more than sitting still.

    And I went and got ooVoo and added you.

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