Whenever I hear about church and ministry leaders who refuse to engage today’s culture through digital, online platforms, I’m reminded of speaking at a media conference last year in Madrid. It was a gathering of “media missionaries” who are using the media in innovative ways to share the Christian faith throughout Europe and the Middle East. One of the producers quoted Gilles Kepel, a French academic and expert on Islam from an interview with Arab World Media as far back as 2004:
“The battle for Muslim minds is not being fought by radicals in Falluja or in the mosques. It is being fought on the Net.”
It’s obvious from this quote and further documentation that Muslim extremists understand the power and influence of the Internet and are focusing enormous effort in that direction.
The question is – how can we make more pastors and Christian leaders understand just how urgent this challenge is?