Part 2 of the interview with James W Knox:
In the second half of our internet, the conversation shifts to more relevant topics regarding our day. The internet, its blessings, and its curses. How far should we, as Christians, take developing an online presence for the purposes of ministry? What are the inherent dangers, and are the dangers worth the risk?
With the explosion of online media comes the clash between world views. By 2020 our country appears to be deeply divided, socialism is on the rise, humanism is a new religion, and post-modernism is the predominant philosophy. The socialist, or sub-rate communists on the junior varsity squad, humanist and post-modernist have joined efforts in hopes they can rule the airwaves. As a result, they have created what is commonly called "cancel culture." Any ideas dissenting from the approved malleable opinions of social justice warriors may be subject to cancellation. That is, these groups will team up to spread whatever harmful information necessary, in mass form, across the web, with the intent of damaging dissenters and tearing down their life, business, or platform.
You have not shied away from preaching clear biblical truth regarding some very controversial subjects: Abortion, homosexuality, socialism, communism, marriage, divorce, etc. As a result of such preaching, as well as our public presence in Central Florida, Bible Baptist has had protests organized against them in an attempt to remove public ministry from the streets of Deland, can you tell us a little about the most recent situation?
Are you concerned cancel culture will get wind of your growing online presence? In light of this, do you edit your video content in any way to prevent the possibility of an online attack? How does cancel culture's ability to shut people down online these days differ from the days of radio?
The Dark Side of the Web:
As of 2019, there were 31 million YouTube channels (only channels with 10 subscribers or more were counted leaving an estimated 20 million uncounted). An average of 500 hours of video is uploaded every minute. More than five billion videos are watched on YouTube daily. More than 3.5 billion hours of watch time are recorded monthly on YouTube, and they have yet to surpass television. The average mobile user spends at least 40 minutes per day watching YouTube, and this number doubles on a yearly basis. 80% of YouTubes views come from outside the United States. The average American spends around ten hours per day interacting with a screen online. Do these numbers grieve you because of the time wasted or do they excite you as a potential outlet to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature?
The first-ever highly publicized internet concern was the explosion of pornography. It's not only problematic from a biblical perspective, but the fruit it has borne is devastating. Every second, an estimated 28,000 people are watching porn in some form online. Every second, more than $3, 075 is being spent on pornography online. Every day there are an estimated 38 million porn-related searches, which makes up 25% of all searches online. 35% of all internet downloads are porn-related. More than 47% of American families report pornography has disrupted their home in some way. Pornography increases infidelity in marriage by an estimated 300%. I don't believe I can name any other advancement, such as the internet, that comes with such potential for greatness, but also comes with serious potential for danger. How do you as a Pastor help your people navigate such minefields, and what instruction would you give people listening to this Podcast to help them refrain from being counted amongst such troublesome numbers?
While I hesitate to end on that note, I do hope this conversation is sobering for God's people. The internet should not be your only means of Bible interaction. When not faced with a pandemic, we have the responsibility to assemble ourselves together with like-minded believers. Personal interaction with God's people through fellowship is an essential aspect of the Christian life. One we are desperately missing in our current distress. The internet is a wonderful tool, but it comes with serious potential dangers. Furthermore, it is not a suitable replacement for real-world interaction.
The world has changed greatly since the days of radio preaching. Some of the changes have been beneficial and others have been detrimental. Yet, I have noticed lives that are built upon real physical relationships with real people seen in person on a regular basis are the strongest. Lives built-in virtual reality tend to shatter easily.
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