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The 2020 Church: What’s Your Say?

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Hello, DJs.

I saw this joke somewhere and decided to bring it up here. It trended some months ago though, and while it is funny, it raises some concern if this will negatively impact ‘true fellowship’. In my view, people will be more involved with gadgets than with God. Already this is happening as worshippers are seen pinging during service (I am guilty of this *covers face*) or secretly whispering into their phones while the message is ongoing.

Please read the joke and express your thoughts on whether this development is healthy or puts the church in jeopardy and what the body of christ can do.

PASTOR: Praise the Lord.

CONGREGATION: Halleluiah!

PASTOR: Can we please turn our tablet PC, iPad, cellphone, kindle bibles to 1 Cor.13:13. …! And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon.. .. !

PASTOR: Let us pray committing this week into God’s hands. Open your WhatsApp, BBM , Twitter and Facebook and chat with your God.Come on…

PASTOR: Please have your credit and debit cards ready as we shall now take tithes and offerings. You can log on to the church Wi-Fi using the password Lord909887.

[Ushers circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshippers. Those who prefer to make electronic funds transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church and those who prefer to use iPads allowed to flip them open. Those who prefer telephone banking are allowed to take out their cellphones to transfer their contributions to the church bank account!The holy atmosphere is truly electric as the cellphones , iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!]

[Announcement]
SECRETARY:
This week’s cell meetings shall be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place and mix-it for Sunday school pupil. Please, don’t miss out.
Thursday’s bible teachings will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT. Please don ‘t miss out.You can follow Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counselling and prayers, dont forget our weekly sermon uploads on YouTube

THE END

So, that’s the church in 2020. What’s your say?

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6 thoughts on “The 2020 Church: What’s Your Say?

  1. Gabriel Aloku on said:

    In as much as we embrace the advantages of technology, we should be mindful of the ills it can cause in the church. The world has become a global village and noone is inexcusable of not tappinng into the blessings provided by technology. For example, you can be in a remote location, where there is no local church and still be a part of a worship if you have access to the web. And the idea of having cell fellowship on skype is not bad either, particularly in cases where distnance would have been a constraint. With all these benefits, we still need to tread carefully and don’t abuse it.

  2. No matter how we rationalise development and technology, there is no arguing the fact that the Bible as we know it – as our fathers knew it, I mean – harbours a certain reverence and halo for the God of the Book. It seems contradictory for bitter waters and sweet water (of life) to flow through the same spring (iPads, iPhones, Laptops, etc). It is not as though the Scripture’s message is affected in anyway, coming from these technological products, but we place it to compete for attention with other ‘messages’ from lesser authorities. The old-fashioned Bible has nothing to distract you, nothing in it that points elsewhere. I still feel tingle electricity when I feel its pages and smell its fragrance. I’ll keep my old-style Bible all my life, even if I have it on all tech products that exist or those that will still be made.

    • Ralph on said:

      @NED that is d best reply I’ve gotten in yrs 4 all d questions about e-bible… OMG!!! I’m copying it and sharinging n spreading.

  3. I think 2020 is pretty far. I’ve done Sunday Worship Service online via Skype in the last two to three years. Paid tithes and offering electronically.

    Awesome stuff. I am not sure if doing that has reduced anything, spiritually.
    The downside, however, is that membership could be limited (at least at the moment, video conferencing is only possible via subscription and audio conferencing can only take up around 24 participants for optimum sound quality). Plus to avoid re-echoing and feedback of sound, worshippers can only talk one at a time, while others will have their mics muted.
    Perhaps the fiercest drawback is distraction. Worshippers could be browsing when they are supposedly in worship service.

    May God help us.

  4. Haha. I think fellowship and church services will be on google hangout and skype while our local churches will be sold for dancing clubs because we can enjoy dancing and clubbing in virtual party but we can enjoy churh in virtual fellowship.

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