This is a Guest Post by Rodlie Ortiz.
I recently came back from a trip to Europe where I had the opportunity to visit several cities including Rome, one of the great epicenters of church history. As I toured the beauties of the Vatican and surrounding areas, I was struck with a thought: the greatest minds in the world were focused on making church an awesome place to be.
I mean there I was in the Sistine Chapel, beholding the work of the greatest artistic mind of his time (Michelangelo), who painted what some consider to be the greatest work of art ever.
There I was at the Pantheon. The building originally dedicated to all gods by the Romans and later used as a church. It holds the record for the largest unreinforced concrete dome. It exactly as high as it is wide, seemingly no simple feat at that time. Awesome.
I could go on and on, but here’s the point: in antiquity it was the church that was the “backbone of technological innovation,” to apply the words of Klaas Verbeken to a different subject. New technologies and systems were developed so that they could be used to glorify God.
And here we are all those years later. And who is one of the greatest users and innovators of all things techie? The porn industry. Tink betamax vs. vhs, blueray vs. hd-dvd, etc.
What a bummer. It’s as if the devil has stolen the playbook of the early church and has caught on to its effectiveness.
Why has this reversal happened? I’m not sure. Perhaps as Christians we’ve cooled to the idea that Jesus is coming soon. Perhaps we’ve become bored with the mandate to take the gospel to every “nation, tribe, tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6).
I don’t know why exactly the reversal has happened, but I know it will take technology, and it will take as much intensity and passion towards saving people, as the enemy is using towards making sure they are lost.
So, I make a call for techies of all stripes. I make a call to artisans and artists of every kind. Whether you’re paid or not. Use your gifts and talents to advance technology and the kingdom as never before.
Use your code-typing, twitter-blazing fingers, your set-building hands, your broadway-looking faces, your Chris Martin voices, and do your thing…all so that church could be an amazing place to be once again…so that we could fulfill our mandate and go home asap.