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Where do people find out about Christianity?

February 17th, 2010

I was listening to a TV programme the other day about Islamic terrorism and it focussed in on the Internet and how it was used to radicalize young Muslims. I was struck by a comment made by one of the young men. It ran along the lines of saying that his parents would never talk about their faith with him and so where else was he going to go for information?

I was struck by this because it seems to me that Christians are in the same boat here. Parents often find it difficult to talk about Christianity with their children and so children will increasingly look for information about Jesus on the Internet.

I guess we should learn:

  1. that children want to know – they want to know about all kinds of stuff
  2. that children will increasingly turn to the Internet for answers
  3. that parents often don’t know themselves (this is either through ignorance or not wanting to know)
  4. that people of any faith need to wake up to the fact that this is happening – that the prime sources for young people learning about something is from the Internet and if the Internet is full of bad stuff then this is what they will believe
  5. that we should encourage Christian young people in their Internet use (they often discover new sites through friends and so the more Christian friends know about good sites the better) – not discourage them

It’s time to get on the Internet!

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