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Technically Speaking
(Also Known As: The Massacre of the Message)

There will come a day before the last days
When prophets will instant message sermon series
And blog their latest Holy Land and missionary adventures
And then post images of JC, formerly known as Jesus Christ,
On MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
Without even considering what it means to the masses.
Preachers will preach from portable pulpits,
Giving mobilized messages of mass confusion
With cordless microphones and big screens overhead
As every bell and whistle explodes with evangelistic effort
Reaching multimedia masses over colossal airwaves
In the blink of an eye with the click of a button.
Missionaries will no longer be stumped by adversaries
Who cast the first stone during online forums on salvation
And the doctrine of total depravity versus God’s elect.
Seminary scholars will wrestle with street theologians
In text message arenas and with YouTube streaming
While electronic scanners are beaming bar codes for benevolence.
The message will find a new medium.
The new medium will carry the message.
Nothing will be lost.
The Good News will be just as good as it’s ever been
And the blood of Jesus will work the same as it did on Calvary.
Only we’ll Photoshop the image of Jesus on the cross
To keep it politically correct and all.
We will touch up His makeup to make Him up
To be a multicultural blend of all the ends of the earth
So that no one will be excluded or offended by his name in His name.
By the time we get done with the Last Supper,
There will be a disciple in wheelchair and one openly gay
Along with an obvious woman of color with a baby on the way.
There might even be a meatless meal of veggie trays.
The message will find a new medium.
The new medium will carry the message.
Nothing will be lost.
The Good News will be just as good as it’s ever been
And we will use the image of Christ
To endorse everything from blue jeans to bottled water.
The message will find a new medium.
The new medium will carry the message.
Nothing will be lost.
Nothing much will be gained.
Nothing will be said
For our methods will have left the message
Virtually dead in an online atmosphere
Among a universe of the spiritually dead.

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Faith can give us the courage to face the uncertainties of the future.-Martin Luther King Jr.

With MLK Day approaching during this month, I cannot help but reflect on some of Dr. King’s memorable and masterful quotes.  Dr. King addresses facing the future with faith.  He states that faith has the potential to give us the courage to face the future.  Imagine the pressure upon Dr. King as the bus boycott lingered on over a month, long beyond the organizers’s original plans.  Picture how heavy the weight was upon his shoulders as the SCLC needed funds raised and his own congregation was in need of a pastor-shepherd.  King shared that faith would supply what would be necessary in facing the future.  King relied upon his faith to help him make his way through the darkness of uncertainty.  Can’t you see King trying to keep his composure as he met with President Kennedy and even Attorney General Robert Kennedy in D.C. after many of  his personal experiences during the marches, demonstrations and boyotts with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and  Ella Baker in the South?  What about the anguish that he faced dealing with the militant factions of African-American youth seeking Black Power and the well-intended white college students seeking to make good on “all men are created equal?” A man in his position truly needed faith.  A man who dared to do what he did would need other faithful people praying for him every step of the way, too.  Focus your faith.  Don’t focus on your faith.  Let your faith help you face the future.

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