Sorry, this is not referring to a song from a French Punk Band, but the lead–in to a 70’s TV show. The premise was an astronaut severely injured in a crash was, with the aid of advanced technology, rehabilitated into an augmented human with extra human strength and speed.
The church of June 2020 is experiencing that. The pandemic we have been experiencing was not the crash for the church, but the surgery by which it is becoming better, stronger and faster.
John 1:3 tells us “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (NIV)” That includes the science and technology that we have been using to connect for Bible Study, Fellowship and Worship over the last couple of months. Up until March most of the churches that had an interactive presence online were larger ones with larger budgets.
Today the landscape has changed. Many churches that would never have considered reaching out in this manner have done so and discovered that they are now free from zip codes and budgets to reach people. Now that we are looking forward to seeing each other face to face we must not forget those we have connected with online and continue reach out.
We have learned that we can change the way we reach out and do it quickly. We have learned that technology is not bad. We have remembered Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)” We must learn to ignore the words of folks that would have us think the message we share and the Lord we love is no longer relevant and understand that they are the reason we are here.
We are not the end of the race. We have just come through a tight curve. Following the road and race analogy, the pace or speed new technology is developed has accelerated. We are going to need to watch as technology changes and adjust our processes quickly. We must remember the pandemic lesson and be agile. In Hebrews 12:1-3 we are urged to persevere, be mindful of the race and focus on Jesus. We must focus on Jesus first and foremost, but also be aware of the course or road on which we run.