The Information War: The Church’s Role In The Shifting Tides
In the realm of social media, where information reigns supreme, a new battlefield has emerged. An unseen war is being waged, one that transcends physical boundaries and molds the collective consciousness of society.
This is the information war, a battle for control over narratives and the minds of the masses. As we navigate these shifting tides, it becomes imperative to examine the church’s role in this conflict and its assignment to shape the future. Will we step up to the virtual plate?
For a church that calls itself “Evangelistic,” I believe it is no longer an option for the Church to make an attempt at reaching the dying souls that are largely on social media.
The state of the Church is unclear – but the outcome of this eternal struggle is as clear as it was 2,000 years ago.
Veil of Pride
Now the whole earth had one language and one [a]speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and [b]bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
In ancient times, there existed a civilization that sought to reach the heavens by building a tower of immense height. As their pride grew, so did their ambition. In their rebellion against the command of God, they sought to build something for themselves.
But God caused the language of the people to become confounded, causing chaos and misunderstanding.
Why did God confound their speech? The ability to swiftly and adeptly convey thoughts or ideas possesses the inherent potential to unleash a profound creative force. Even God said,
“now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”
Yet, it is in humanity’s pride and arrogance that we witness the futility of the Tower of Babel’s builders. Their ambition to showcase their power before God ultimately led to their failure.
Mankind, in the last century, has developed technologies and infrastructures that would have seemed impossible to the previous generations. Will we make the same prideful attempt to shake our fists in the face of our Creator?
On social media, the lines between reality and fiction are often blurred. We find ourselves drowning in a sea of opinions, agendas, and propaganda.
The truth becomes a scarce commodity, elusive and distorted. Like the ancient Greek myth of Pandora’s box, the digital age has unleashed a torrent of enlightening and deceptive information. In this era, the power to control narratives holds immense significance.
“The best way to control the opposition is to control the language they use.” – George Orwell
The enemy has sought to control thoughts for an unknown amount of time.
Now he has access to a device that approximately 7.33 billion people have in their pockets. (according to bankmycell)
Roughly 91.2% of the world’s population has a cell phone.
I don’t know about you, but this seems like an opportunity to me. Besides, how can we go into “all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” while there are nearly 8 Billion people that we can currently reach without the use of an amplifier? This excites me.
Moses, a shepherd tending his flock, came across a burning bush that was not consumed by the flames. This prophet gazed at the manifest power and presence of God. From within the bush, a voice called out to him. Moses was chosen as a prophet, tasked with leading the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt.
God used an inanimate object to call Moses. What I find interesting is the fact that the bush did not burn up. Why? Because it was a tool.
Could our smart phones, and our access to these platforms, be considered the same kind of tool?
In this turbulent era, the church possesses a unique vantage point. It has stood as a guiding force through the ages, offering peace and moral guidance that no other religion could even dream of. Now, more than ever, the church must rise to the challenge and recognize the shifting landscape. Like the prophets of old, it must possess the foresight to discern the truth from the illusions surrounding us.
Our gaze has to be set on the blazing spectacle that lay before us. Will we answer the call of God to save the desperate?
Equipping the Faithful
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
To navigate the information war, the church must equip its soldiers with the information necessary to win this battle. Once again, it is no longer an option.
In the last few years, this call has burned in our hearts. While building a brand new church in Charlotte, aiding in the building of churches in Pakistan and Israel, and continuing in-person evangelistic efforts, God told us to get serious about online ministry.
Since then we have reached multiple MILLIONS of individual people. Not views; people.
Now our goal is to train you how to do the same. We should not allow ourselves to be divided into our own islands of knowledge that we rarely share with others. That’s why we host the Armed Christian Media Conference.
I want to meet you there and hear your heart on this matter. Go to Armed.Media to reserve your tickets for the next conference.
The Critical Juncture
In the realm of social media, the information war rages on, shaping the narrative of our times. The church stands at a critical juncture, where it must rise to the occasion and embrace its prophetic role.
By dispelling illusions, equipping the faithful, and utilizing the power of connectivity, the church can become an influential force in shaping the future. Let us remember that amidst the shifting tides, the truth will always prevail, and it is our duty to seek it relentlessly.