Get Infected

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by Jeff Tunnell

Should we assume or conclude that as civilization passes through time that it actually advances in quality automatically? I think this is a bad assumption. In fact, I see civilization being brutalized by technology and the extremely fast pace of living, underwritten by access to electronic relationships. Facebook is a social network phenomena that while providing a connection to others we may care about, it does not allow me to be at the bedside in a hospital to “touch” my friends and family when they may need me most. This electronic connection even provides my mind and heart with an excuse for not going to the bedside, even if the friend is only a few miles away from my computer at the time!

Let us be honest, we hide from sincere, caring, touching relationships by using the sterile electronic environment. We can touch more people, and faster, but there is little chance that we will be infected with the germ of true connection. If that were to happen, I might have to alter my schedule to be “with” someone for an extended period of time and incubate relationship!! (Sarcasm! Forgive me?)

Certainly the utilization of electronics and media have assisted us in reaching a larger audience with the gospel, but the continuance of discipleship needs the oikos environment to bring lasting, daily growth and the maturity that God has designed for us and others. Concert-to-concert, large meeting-to-large meeting, seminar-to-seminar yields a pseudo-life bearing resemblance to a rock skipping across the water! No foundation to hold it up when the momentum discontinues!

Become a contributing part of a small group and get infected with real life!

Jeff

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Por Jeff Tunnell

¿Debemos suponer o concluir que a medida que pasa el tiempo la civilización en realidad avanza en la calidad o de forma automática? Creo que esta es una mala suposición. De hecho, veo que la civilización está embrutecida por la tecnologa y el ritmo vertiginoso de la vida, garantizado por el acceso a las relaciones electrónicas. Facebook es un fenómeno de redes sociales que provee una conexión con otros que queremos, pero no me permiten estar en la cama en un hospital para “tocar” a mis amigos y familiares cuando es posible que necesiten más de m. Esta conexión electrónica ofrece incluso a mi mente y corazón una excusa para no ir a la cama, incluso si mi amigo está a sólo unos pocos kilómetros de distancia de mi computadora.

Seamos honestos, nos escondemos de la sinceridad, el cariño, las relaciones mediante el uso de un entorno electrónico. Podemos tocar a más personas, y más rápido, pero hay una posibilidad de que nos infectemos con el germen de la verdadera conexión. Si eso llegara a suceder, voy a tener que cambiar mi horario para estar “con” alguien durante un perodo de tiempo prolongado mientras se incuba la relación (¡Sarcasmo! ¿Perdónenme?)

Ciertamente, la utilización de la electrónica y los medios de comunicación nos han ayudado a llegar a un público más amplio con el evangelio, sin embargo la continuación del discipulado necesita el entorno a los oikos para traer un crecimiento duradero, todos los das y la madurez que Dios ha diseñado para nosotros y los demás. Concierto a concierto, gran reunión a gran reunión, seminario a seminario produce una semejanza a la vida ¡como la de una piedra saltando sobre el agua! ¡Sin fundamento para sostener cuando es interrumpido el impulso!

¡Entra como contribuyente a un grupo pequeño e Inféctate con la vida real!

Jeff

1 thought on “Get Infected

  • Love this topic. Through intentional but relational contact IN OUR STREET some examples of what we have experienced:
    built great relatonships with Muslims in the community to the extent that they have leant us a car when we needed it, helped us with food for mission teams coming in and we sit and talk happily in each others homes etc without any compromise
    Had 2 neighbours (unsaved) come on mission and ministry trips with us
    Had 2 different unsaved families stay in our home for extended periods of time (up to 6 months) in a crises etc etc

    Oikos evangelism has bought us great reationships, a ton of fun and massive opportunities that a chuch programme could never have offered

    …. oh, and there are challenges but they just change us to be more like Jesus. We are all winners!

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