Threats to The Great Commission
As time and technology progress, we need to abandon our naivete and realize the threats before us. Complaining about the rise of persecutions is normal, but not very productive.
In these times, courage is required to confront Satan and his forces. Yet, it’s worthless unless it’s combined with faith (Hebrews 11:6), perseverance (Romans 5:3) and the spiritual armament constructed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17). In addition, we must be wise, cautious and perceptive.
When the gospel message is taken to the people, souls will be saved (Matthew 28:18-20). The message must remain pure and powerful (Galatians 1:8-9; 1 Timothy 4:1-2), and our lives blameless (Colossians 1:22).
Having said that, we see headlines in the news and we can protest or we can develop a strategy to succeed.
Sadly, society is increasingly hostile to Biblical truth and morality. Sins such as homosexuality, abortion, profanity, fornication and unscriptural marriages are canonized in the culture and defended with ferocity. And things just keep getting worse.
Accordingly, when we see headlines such as, Google Adds Tool to Flag Offensive Search Results, it’s easy to see the dangers inherent in this plan. The ferocity mentioned above will eventually meet the unchangeable gospel and sparks will fly.
Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive.
With the change, content with racial slurs could now get flagged under a new category called “upsetting-offensive.” So could content that promotes hate or violence against a specific group of people based on gender, race or other criteria.
While flagging something doesn’t directly affect the search results themselves, it’s used to tweak the company’s software so that better content ranks higher. This approach might, for instance, push down content that is inaccurate or has other questionable attributes, thereby giving prominence to trustworthy sources.
While the proclamation of Biblical truth online may not be immediately threatened, it would be seriously naive to ignore the inherent dangers. The protests of the past year about societies’ favorite sins provides an easy guide to the future.
It doesn’t take much effort to see how offensive the truth of God is to the lost.
Increased diligence, prayer and study are required. We can improve our methods without compromising truth. In fact, if we aren’t constantly aware of our methods and whether they’re successful, we need to repent and apologize before God.
The Great Commission leaves a lot up to context, technology and the realities of the culture. If no one hears our message, we’re failing in our quest.
We can walk the ancient paths in modern culture by maintaining the ancient truths, faith, tenderness, compassion, courage and persistence of the apostles and Savior.
Be aware, awake and fearless.