Monday, December 26, 2011

Spread the word ... sms, facebook, twitter ...

by Rev. James Wong

Christmas season is the best time to invite friends to church because it is the season that most people are ready to respond to an invitation. When the season is over, so is the opportunity to invite a friend.

Almost everyone is inviting someone to a Christmas event, not necessary to an event organized by the church. Hotels and cafeterias are well known for having exciting programs to pull in the crowd. Karaoke lounges and club houses pack their dancing floors with people,  accompany by loud music blasting through their speakers. Young people would gather around dimly lighted cafĂ© to spend time in each other’s company, perhaps, having fun talks through the night or just fiddling with their mobile phones. There is a pull in the atmosphere. Everyone must be a part of it, though the real reason for Christmas would often be buried by the commercial hype. But this remains true; most hearts are opened for an invitation.

When Jesus was born, the angels appeared to the shepherds and said, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christa the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:10-12). When the shepherd had seen Jesus,  “they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them” (vss.16-19). Yes, the shepherds spread the word of Christ’s birth to others.

We have at our disposal today the most potent technology of communication known to men. Apart from sending out an invitation to friends, why not spread the word of Christ’s birth to others so that the whole world knows the real reason for celebrating Christmas.

Most people has a facebook account and the average user has 130 friends. iPhone with iMessage or Viber software can send messages around the world free. Whatapps makes it possible for mobile phone users using different operating systems to communicate with each other for free. Best of all, all emails are free of charge. The technology at our disposable is mind boggling.

To spread the word of Christ’s birth, why not send the following message to all your friends through Facebook, MSN, SMS, Twitters, Email or craft a better message?

“Christmas is here again and I think of you and your family. Christmas reminds us that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

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