In case you haven’t heard, a little over a month ago Twitter launched a new app called “Periscope” which gives people the ability to broadcast live streaming around the world. It’s a free app that works on your smartphone and allows you to broadcast anywhere there is mobile service. With only one real competitor (i.e. Meerkat), Periscope is positioned for success and starting to create waves of discussions and debates.
Some people are using Periscope to chat with the world, others are using it to go “behind the scenes”, some are using it for live reporting, and others are broadcasting live events (e.g. the Mayweather & Pacquiao fight). Like any new media driven app, there are many concerns about copyright infringement, privacy laws, sketchy content, etc., which I’m sure will be an issue sorted out in the months and years to come.
But I wonder if God will use Periscope?
Jesus told the disciples 2000 years ago, to “… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20a).
The primary goal of the Christian life is to tell people about the love of Jesus and share the good news of His grace and forgiveness (see my blog “Freaked Out?”). But when this great commission was given 2000 years ago, the only way to “go and make disciples” was either by foot or donkey. Its progress would have been limited to individual conversations within individual communities. Yet, God used this approach to spread the good news of Jesus and it worked!
Fast forward to the 20th century with the advent of radio, television, and the ability to go to the moon. No longer was communication limited to one-on-one conversations within a specific community, now there was the ability to broadcast around the world. It was during this time we saw God use this modern technology to spread the good news of Jesus in a significant way. Evangelists and preachers were broadcasting services, events, and crusades around the world impacting millions for the glory of God and it worked!
So where does this leave us with Periscope? Does God want to use Periscope for His purposes? Well, I wasn’t sure so I thought I would give it a try. Four weeks ago I began broadcasting live on Periscope multiple times a week. I decided to use blog topics to engage people in a discussion to see what would happen. The response has been awesome and it worked!
It’s been amazing to chat with 100’s of people from all over the world about God, Jesus, the Bible, etc. It’s been encouraging to field their questions and help them think through the topic of Jesus in a safe, non-threatening environment. It has also helped me gain a better understanding into different perspectives and world-views that people have about God and daily life around the world.
So will God use Periscope? I think the answer is simply, yes, if Christians are willing to use Periscope for God’s glory. Will Christians use this technology to talk about Jesus and engage in a conversation that helps people understand who He is and what He has done for them?
God will always show up in the unexpected places as long as Christians are willing to show up in the unexpected places and shine the light of Jesus when given the opportunity.
Matthew 5:16 – let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
I’m really excited about how God may want to use Periscope as more and more Christians join in the discussions that are taking place around the world. If you want to be part of my Periscope live broadcasting, simply follow me on Twitter (@pastormarkambrose_PCC) and you will automatically be notified when I’m live.
We live in exciting times and need to be praying that God will use Periscope for His glory!
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