Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Columbus was credited with discovering America, in fact on this day, more than 500 years ago. One by-product of his voyage was demonstrating that the world was not flat. But, in the title of his recent bestseller, Thomas Friedman proclaimed that “The World Is Flat.”

Friedman was not referring to geography but a new era in communications and its impact. Suddenly, through the Internet and other media, people can connect with others instantly throughout the world. The result: new possibilities. New ways of approaching business, entertainment, education and commerce.

Major changes have taken place in this “great era of globalization.” As Friedman pointed out, the “unique character” is the “newfound power for individuals to collaborate and compete globally.” The result is a “flattening” of opportunities and breaking down of barriers. But this also has created an environment for hackers looking to disrupt or spread evil.

This trend also presents unprecedented opportunities for believers. Today, for example, we can access millions of homes worldwide through high-speed Internet connection. We can reach millions through cell phones. We can cover the world through satellite-delivered television.

This revolution provides a powerful new tool for ministry and new ways to reach the Lost. To disciple and teach. To share our faith.

The facts are clear: Our world is increasingly being shaped by these new technologies, which are wonderful conveniences but at the same time, dangerous. We can find ourselves consumed by these communications options, driven to participate more, to experience more, and to become communications addicts.

Ask God to give you discernment about this communications revolution. To be wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove. To use the resources God has given you to be His ambassador.