Pandemic Shows Technology Virtually Still Has Influence

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The Pandemic Shows Technology Virtually Still Has Influence
William Jackson, M.Ed.



Part 2 on Wednesday, October 14…
2020 started off with a literal BANG, there was so
much going on environmentally that many people
including myself were looking at things in a
prophetic manner. Checking scripture, biblical
timelines, doing research on times of famine,
pestilence, world events of disasters. Trying to
be prepared spiritually and mentally for what was
going on and maybe to come.

2019 had events like volcanoes in places of population
and beauty. Changed forever from natural events that
were described as disasters, from a natural perspective
they were natural because volcanoes do happen. There
were hurricanes of such a magnitude they influenced
weather patterns globally.

Wildfires in Australia that devastated millions
of acers of land, killed millions if not billions
of species of animals, plant and insect life and
changed the environment in a rapid timeline. There
are locust in Africa and India: and other events
globally from India to Asia. Storms of historic
revelation that were never recorded in their
intensity.

The developing pandemic that no one really took
seriously until it was right on top of us,
literally.
Even our governmental leaders did not take it
seriously until thousands were dead and still
they are not realistic in the human suffering
and sorrow. In the United States there are over
200,000 death and cemeteries are almost full.
It is so traumatic that funeral homes are packed
to the ceiling, having outside storage and
cooling buildings for the dead and those passing
over are sometimes alone.

The world is in continuous flux, change, adaptation,
evolution and in some cases political revolution
with Black Lives Matter, protests against police
brutality and killing of unarmed men of color and
culture. This is still a work in progress because
people still do not see the value of a Black life
of a boy, girl, man or the value of a Black woman.
Instead of color and culture being respected and
loved, being a person of color in this world is
seen as being a threat to white society. This
does not apply to all whites, but those with
power and influence seem to hate Black and Brown
people because we are still here, we are still
liking, we are stil influencing and we are not
going anywhere.

Many churches are struggle with where they stand
and how their leadership will stand with or against
groups that claim to love Christ, but practice
hatred and racism. How can someone hate anohter
person because their skin is darker, Christ loves
everyone and to follow him we must put aside our
personal issues and follow Christ.

Needless to say, life goes on and humans try to
maintain some normalcy in their lives. Normal will
not be normal ever again, but there will be a new
normal as technology is used for virtual communication
and collaboration. Schools are teaching online,
communities are social distancing and businesses are
practicing minimal numbers of attendance, no inside
seating or limited and only drive thru and take out
at restaurants.

The term “social distancing” may have never been on
the minds of the general public before the pandemic,
but kindergarten age children understand what it means.
This word “pandemic” create horrific thoughts of
death, suffering and will in the future influence
medical and mental issues for generations.

Schools are closed and learning is virtual, accessing
digital applications to continue the learning process.
This is foretold, because in movies and television
programs like Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Space 1999
and others there was evidence that this was coming.
In a strange sense of irony, television shows and
movies have foretold of things like this and put
people in a emotional disconnection and mental
blockage of preparation for global events.

As a past adjunct professor teaching at an HBCU
Historically Black College and University and working
for NASA I would tell my students and other faculty
that online learning like this was coming, of course
many laughed and said I was ahead of my time and I
dreamed to much and watched to much televison and
SciFi movies. Knowing the change is coming inspired
me to conduct free technology workshops at the local
libraries to speak to as many youth, teen and young
adult groups to prepare for the future. Meeting with
and having a relationship with Aida Correa whom is
Afro-Latina we share a similar interest in inspiring
youth, teens and young adults in STEM and STREAM.

Preparing for the future means learning as much as
possible to keep yourself, your family and friends
ready to act and re-act as things change. Change
can be good and chance can be bad, but you must
be prepared. Educational opportunties are sometimes
harder for people of color because if they are not
exposed they do not know the potential that education
has for them and their families.

When my kids were younger I would take them and
other youth with me to technology conferences so
they can learn, network and be inspired to grow. To
obtain knowledge that was not being shared in the
classrooms of schools and teach students to have a
global perspective of the world.

Gradually attending technology conferences like WordCamp
and KidsCamp from in person to now virtual. Adapting to
digital tools like Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and others.
Facebook Live, IG Live and the adaptation of phones for
online collaboration and content sharing. These are the
adjustments society has had to make and teach ourselves
in many cases. These are the adjustments that the
Church of Christ must make to reach their communities
to apply digital skills.

Those that are out of the box thinkers, digital innovators,
digital entrepreneurs are now the queens and kings of a
society that needs their skills, knowledge of computers
and digital innovation. These skill can be applied in
ministry and technology is not a tool of the devil, it
can be used to bring light.

Church of Christ ministries need to integrate digital
platforms and tools to share conferences like
The National Revival Conference on Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjhBKBbxqvjvz11D40Sdrw

As a teacher of 32 years teaching in elementary education
I have always told my students to be friends with the
Nerds, Blerds and Geeks of this world, because they
will be the ones able to communicate, collaborate and
access needed information. They will be the innovators
and millionaires and billionaires of the future. They
can be member of the Body of Christ to allow them to
follow Christ. Bring awareness to those that are lost
and connect with technology.

Tech conferences are more important now than ever. As
advocates of STEM, STEAM, and STREAM trying to encourage
youth, teens and young adults to participate in these
areas to be ready when change happens. Especially
children of color and culture, Black, Brown, Afro-Latinx,
Hispanic, Mexican, Haitian, Asian and other cultures
and color. Their lives matter!!!

Change sometimes does not wait on humans to adapt and
respond, it can happen in a matter of months, weeks
and days. This brings to light the value of technology
conferences, established conference where learning is
transformative, fun, inspiring and evolutionary
in thinking. Technology is creating a revolution of
thinking, execution of social movements and opening
the eyes of millions of disenfranchised and indigenous
people globally.

Members of the Body of Christ should inspire others in
their quest more about Christ and learn in a supportive
virtual way that is inclusive, supportive, inspiring,
progressive and forward thinking. Being a disciple of
Christ we work to change the thinking from exclusivity
to inclusivity of Christ in our day to day lives and
from separation to embracing Christ in all that we do
each day.

The Body of Christ is strong and it can be stronger with
including Christ in our decisions each day to share our
faith with others and to show our faith through the use
of technology in our words, videos, posts and content
creation.

How would Christ think if we are not obedient with our
works and our words online. In the light we cannot
hide, whatever is in the dark will be show and what is
in our hears will be let out.

Take heed and be sure that Christ is the foundation of
online and offline lives. Reading scripture, applying
it to bein online and sharing faith not with just
preaching, but through teaching, modeling, sharing,
influencing, inspiring and praising.

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Blessings to everyone and their digital travels…

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What Can My Social Do – Using FB IG Twitter As Members of The Body

What Can My Social Do – Using FB IG Twitter As Members of The Body
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good, And what does the
Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to
walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8 NIV



To the ministers, evangelist, elders, deacons and workers,
stay the course, keep the faith!!
As a member of the Body of Christ I share that technology
can help each of us or hinder our growth. We must put forth
the influence of the spirit first not the influence of technology.
Twitter is a phenomenal tool to share content, make
connections both personal and sharing our faith. The
Church must be careful not to be pulled into embarrassing
situations with digital content. The reach of using Twitter is
beyond local engagements, community networking, it is a
platform that can inspire thousands and millions.

Examples can be seen from entertainers, athletes, authors,
educators and even presidents of nations. The Body of Christ
must be reminded that we cannot be like the world in our
digital and physical lives,  if we are to be role models and
followers of Christ it is beyond just asking what would Jesus
do, we should know what Jesus would do and follow him.

Church of Christ ministries are learning that tech can be their
best bet for expanding their ministerial reach in discipleship
and evangelism.
That content is important, but what is the purpose of the
content. Is it to edify and praise our Lord Jesus Christ or is
it to just share information like gossip and false narratives.
There has to be a plan and a strategy when using social media.
The pandemic has made Members of the Body of Christ use
digital tools that once were only used to find news and
entertainment, this has gone through a drastic change that
has changed people’s lives forever.

The use of Twitter is a valuable tool, the Body of Christ must
remember “you are what you Tweet,” and you represent the
Brand of the Church of Christ where Christ is the head. Your
content is a representation of who you are and where you
worship. Your content is also associated with your faith and
who  you worship with. Guilt by association is fundamental
to being a Christian.

As a member of the Body of Christ I follow Christ and I’m
guilty of being a follower of Christ. Because of social media
I have connected with members of the Body of Christ across
Africa, India, Asia, the United States and even Central
America. Even though there are language challenges the spirit
of the Lord helps us to communicate and the use of Google
Translation tools.

Church of Christ ministries must make use of their knowledgeable
people and guided in the use of technology in ministry, discipleship
and evangelistic works. The Church of Christ must also use their
language speakers to welcome others that speak different languages
to share the Word of God in different ways.
Social Media is manipulated in so many ways it takes diligence of the
reader to make sure they are not seeing fake news, propaganda and
distracting messages. Church of Christ members must be careful of
what they agree to, sign up for, what they like and what they repost
because their behaviors can reflect the mentalities that do not go
with their ministries. Being a member of the Body of Christ even
on social media your behaviors represent Christ and the Body of
Christ.

Holy Bible

Stated in the publication The Christian Chronicle, Taneise Perry
of Kingdom Church of Christ in Charlotte, N.C. has stated that,
“Whether it’s in person or in this social media realm of
online-ness, we have a responsibility to reflect Jesus and to
reflect honesty and truth.”
Being true members of the Body of Christ our message is one
of faith, one body and love and obedience to Christ as disciples.
Using digital tools allows our reach to extend even further.
This does not mean to post scriptures on Twitter every time
online, it means sharing your faith by your behaviors and
extending a welcoming message to issues and events online.

To have peaceful conversations based on scripture not opinions.
Having the thoughts of self-analysis, self-reflection and humility.
It can be hard to remember we are a reflection of Christ so think
about your postings as a conversation. Would that same posting
be a conversation that you would have with the minister, deacon,
elder or others in leadership in the ministry?

Just as we study the word, research the word and pray on the
word we need to do the same with our online content. Pray for
discernment and clarity of what is read that is not biblical to
make sure minds are not lead astray in the world and lead
hearts and minds away from Christ.

Content is key and influential, the engagement of sharing
so many concepts can lead people to Christ or lead them away.
John Edmerson of Vineyard Church of Christ states that, “if you’re
able to manage your thoughts, manage your emotions, and say,
I’m going to respond, but before I respond let me understand.”

Understanding is important because Twitter is not a platform to
argue, express hatred, call out people or put people down. Twitter
allows each of us to learn  different perspectives. We must respect
people, their ideas, their beliefs, their ideologies and current path
of life.

Christ in his teachings did not condemn, slam, cast out or threaten
to send people to hell. He spoke of life, living, changing mentalities,
changing hearts and minds, the opening of eyes and growth in spirit.
I use Twitter every day to share information about my teaching, my
faith, my business, my blogging and even my family. Being true to
being a member of the Body of Christ I pray that my content is peaceful,
purposeful, productive, empowering and that  Christ would be please.

As members of the Body of Christ we cannot allow for spiritual peer
pressure from others to do things outside of the spirit. Friendships and
peer pressure even as adults can affect how we behave and act.
Too many times people have followed the gospel of opinion instead
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you do not understand what I’m
saying pray on it and the spirit will make it clear. Whose opinion will
you listen to Lord or man?

As members of the Body of Christ there must be this intention to
help others and engage in respectful conversations. These
conversations can be in local ministries, national and international
even involved in community discussion about safety, wellness, mental
and spiritual health. We must have these discussions with our youth,
teens and young adults to and lead them the right way.
Christians must show grace and forgiveness no matter how hard it is.
To learn from each digital engagement that may be harsh and apply
scripture. Christ knows our hearts and intentions so prayer and
discernment is valuable.

Reading scripture in Matthew 12:36 it shares that, “I tell you, on the
day of judgement, people will give an account of every careless
word they speak.” Be mindful that we speak with digital words that
are read and influence many people.
Members of the Body of Christ must be mindful and have a realistic
understanding that when they post online they’re speaking too. Christ
will look at that and hold you accountable.
In this age of digital engagement would you follow Christ on Facebook,
would you follow Christ on Instagram and other platforms? Understand
your ability of share scripture on a level of digital and fundamental change.
Christ is an example of how to be one body made of many parts. Each
part represents that whole and we must keep uplifting the whole not just
the parts we like the best.

Church of Christ must be aware of the false narratives, they must be
prepared for the false teachings and be able to see how the enemy is
manipulating content to lead people the wrong way.   
We are the Body of Christ the individual parts of Christ, but still a part
of the whole body and our actions, reactions influence can make beautiful
contributions to the world or seen as a cancer ready to destroy the world,.
Our social media content is very powerful and influential, what would you
have the world say about your faith after reading your posts?
The is influenced by the writings of Hamil R. Harris, Christian Chronicle
correspondent and Glenarden Church of Christ in Maryland, United States
September 2020, pp.14

The Body of Christ must now have classes teaching members how to
understand what is being seen, heard and felt on an intellectual and
heart filled way. Scripture is vital and the interpretation is the key to
change that is transformative and life changing. Technology alone
cannot save souls and keep souls saved, but it can spread the gospel
if done strategically and purposefully.

Minister J. K. Hamilton of Mountain View Church of Christ

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Bringing you another sermon from:
The National Revival Church of Christ Conference
Hosted by the Churches of Christ in the United States.
Minister J. K. Hamilton of Mountain View
Church of Christ in Dallas Texas, USA

Tonight’s Message:
“Releasing Your Crutch”
#revival2020coc #churchofchrist #revival #ministry
Minister J. K. Hamilton
https://youtu.be/EkgDgJXehJk?t=1881

Church of Christ In Social Media Digital Obedience

“Church of Christ In Social Media Obedience”
by William Jackson, M.Ed. Let The Bible Speak TV

The fulfillment of the “Great Commission” is still
the primary mission of Christians in the Church
of Christ. The Body of Christ is tasked with sharing
their faith to the world. To share the love of Christ
and the importance of being saved.

Even in the 21st century the infusion of technology
helps in spreading the Word of God, drawing attention
to the scriptures and the importance of the path to salvation.

Bringing the gospel to the lost and those wondering and
wondering about life and living. The innovation of technology
opens new doors for discipleship, fellowshop and sharing the
messages of what it means to be saved and how to be saved.

No matther the platform whether Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
Tic Tok, SnapChat or other digital platforms and tools digital
innovation can reach those that need to hear the Word of God.

“Innovation is not a replacement to obedience,”
but can be another way to reach people seeking
and hungering for a relationship with God.
NetCasters Buseck, 2010