The Internet Causes Moral Panic?
Earlier this month, Newsweek published an article entitled, "Is the Web Driving Us Mad?" I'd say the author, Tony Dokoupil, has somewhat generated a moral panic by supposedly presenting statistics and life examples on how the Internet promotes addictive, insane behavior in its users.
I read the article. For sure, there are some truths in this article but for you who decide to stay clear from the Internet due to Dokoupil's presentation (e.g. the anonymous reader who asked for healthier alternatives in my previous post) I recommend reading another article to balance his view. The article was published by TIME, "Does the Internet Really Make Everyone Crazy?"
Please read those articles at your leisure, but the point is we need to go back to the root of the problem. Just like any other tool, technology can be used to aid or to destroy. It all depends on the users.
Nevertheless, the more we think our society is relentlessly attacked by the negative content on the Internet, the more we have to put out the positive, healthy content out there, don't you think? The best defense is a good offense.
I have to apologize for always attempting to hit this point home. No one said it would be easy to use the Internet for the gospel. On the contrary, we desperately need to be continually before the Lord, being properly aggressive.
Hudson Taylor came to China in 1854, in the midst of the Third Pandemic (a Bubonic plague pandemic) in China and on the brink of a civil war (Punti-Hakka war) in 1855. If he were not properly aggressive, I can't even imagine what would happen.
Today there are two manifested needs that transcend ages and eras: satisfaction and community. So my claim is this:
Christ satisfies and the Church includes us.
I will expound more on this claim in my next post.