“Twitter Will Only Be Around for Two Years.”

by Paul on August 25, 2009

“Twitter will only be around for two years.” blustered a guy right after I finished a presentation about using Twitter to engage the lost. “That’s why I refuse to be on it.  I’ll Facebook all day, but I hadn’t even seen the Twitter homepage until you showed it during your presentation.”

I politely ignored his comment at the time – arguing with people like that is a waste of time – but I couldn’t stop thinking about the stupid thinking behind that statement.  More importantly, I couldn’t stop thinking about the ramifications that his attitude could have on the spread of the Gospel throughout the world – online or offline.

You see, there are Christian mission organizations around the world who position themselves to take advantage of two year windows – or less – to introduce the Gospel into Restricted Access Countries.  Whether it’s the Olympics or a natural catastrophe, they want to be ready to use whatever time they have to enter an area, serve the lost, show Christ’s love, and look for Persons of Peace within that country that will spread the Gospel even when the window for outside engagement closes.

How long should a window of opportunity be projected to remain open before Christians decide that taking advantage of that opportunity is worth it?  After the 2004 Tsunami, Christian relief organizations didn’t care how long they would be allowed to enter Ache – an area in Indonesia that is hostile to the Gospel.  They wanted to be there as long as they could to serve the people and show them Christ’s love.  Because of their willingness to take advantage of an unstable window, Jesus is being glorified in an area know for intense persecution of Christians.  If Christian mission organizations waited for stable windows – windows that would remain permanently open – the spread of the Gospel throughout the globe would be severely limited.

I don’t know how long Twitter will be around.  I don’t know how long Facebook will be around.  Nobody does.  The question is this: “How will we take advantage of whatever window these online tools offer and use them to reach people who would never step into the church?”

We cannot afford to allow stupid, myopic thinking to retard efforts to introduce people to Jesus.  The window is open NOW.  What are you doing about it?

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Patrick August 25, 2009 at 4:09 pm

most excellent post. whole heartedly agree.

David_Watson August 25, 2009 at 5:18 pm

There are thousands of us who have spent our lives walking through momentarily open doors. The results are millions of people have found Christ in the past decade. I invite everyone to join those of us who never walk past or ignore an open door.

David Watosn
from Rwanda

Daniel_Berman August 26, 2009 at 3:44 am

It occurs to me that if we could position ourselves as early adopters in new communication technologies, we might be able to take advantage of those open doors as they open instead of getting in before they close….

RayDeck3 August 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

AMEN! It doesn’t matter how long the medium lasts, because the people who are using it have souls that will last forever!!

pauldwatson August 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Totally agree!

pauldwatson August 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I agree, Daniel!

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