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Blog Article 53: Code for the Kingdom, Using the Creativity of the Tech Industry to Spread the Gospel
Code for the Kingdom Hackathon – Seattle 2016
Seattle Pacific University
3310 6th Ave W, Gwinn Commons Building
October 21st – 23rd, 2016
There is a societal myth spread mockingly through the media that labels Christians as backwards Neanderthals barely able to leave their caves of self-imposed superstition. But historically, western civilization was shaped by Judeo-Christian values allowing western civilization to rise in dominance for the past 2,000 years. Much of the freedoms and luxuries we enjoy today can be traced back to Christians who thought differently from society; especially in science, logic, and philosophy.
Can God use technology and science to share His Gospel message with the world? Absolutely! And if you have ever found yourselves wondering how you can use your talent of science and technology to contribute, then Code for the Kingdom is the event you’ll want to travel to this weekend.
Some of the greatest minds within Washington state in fields of science and technology will synergistically collaborate on how their passions can further the Gospel message. In their own words, Code for the Kingdom describes their event as the “largest ever global faith-inspired tech collaboration will continue to activate technologists and other creative people to give their skills and some time as their contribution to the mission field, and it will also leverage the skills and in- sights of entrepreneurs, designers, and technologists to foster an entrepreneurial culture with Christian values.” (Code for the Kingdom b, 2016, para. 2)
“Come, participate and address a number of challenges aimed at helping release the oppressed, teaching God’s Word, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and supporting the church and the body of Christ” (Code for the Kingdom b, 2016, para. 3).
Why is technology so important to the Christian?
In every generation, God has used people to share His Gospel message in meaningful and understandable methods without compromising the Gospel message. Throughout the ages, the use of science and technology has added Christians with this goal such as the use of art, theatre, the printing press, radio, television, the Internet, just to name a few of these technologies. With each advancement in technology, the Gospel message has spread rapidly throughout the globe. More people have come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ within the last three hundred years as a result of these developed technologies. So to continue in the tradition of the Christians that have gone before us, our technologically advanced generation is called to the same mission.
But our generation has a unique opportunity, which previous Christians have not. Through the use of current technology the Christian Church could actually finish the role of preaching the Gospel to all the nations. Let that statement sink in…we could be the generation that fulfills Jesus statement in Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
The Issachar Initiative (2016) documents that over 3,100 people groups have never heard the Gospel. Are you a numbers person? Maybe statistics? I am and with these numbers from The Issachar Initiative, the combined total of churches in Washington State alone, could complete this task if every church focused solely on one unreached people group. Just think if Christians joined forces globally? Think of the possibilities with the technology we have right now! Think of what that progression will be in 10 years, 20 years? And did I mention, WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY!!!
Google’s Translate program already reproduces 102 languages; many of them with word for word accuracy. Apps on Android and Apple can translate pictures of different languages, too. Why not whole passages of Scripture?
Personally, I am waiting for the Christian gamer community to get involved. How about an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game – for the lay person) based upon the Book of Judges that could rival World of Warcraft, Skyrim, or Final Fantasy 14 and 15? (If you want a story writer, I’d gladly contribute. :D). Bellevue and Seattle have so many companies that could make this possible; I know there’s talent there to accomplish this behemoth of a task.
During this weekend’s hackathon, Code for the Kingdom Seattle will develop solutions to problems like these with leaders throughout the tech industry. Take my blog post as more of a late invite if you are just reading it now…but if you have some time, stop by the event.
The possibilities of Christianity and technology are endless but more importantly if you find yourself as more of a logical, analytical, or scientific thinker, this event will allow you to build comradery with other Christians who understand your perspective of the world. In my own personal faith journey, it was an examination of the evidence in support of Christianity from nonbiblical sources that swayed my opinion towards faith. I have immense compassion, understanding, and empathy to those who honestly examine the evidence for Christianity or seek to understand the philosophical thought behind the Christian. Code for the Kingdom is an inclusive event too, so skeptics are welcome to come and examine some of the projects Christians can develop with these technological resources.
As I close my blog post, I would like to share a story. While at a CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) retreat in 2009, I remember overhearing conversation from a small group of students in how they were reaching out to scientific and logical thinkers who struggled with Christianity. It was a fascinating discussion about how Christians miss this opportunity and how faith and science really complement each other. For many of these individuals, they were able to reconcile their views of examining the world around them through the scientific process and how Christianity fits into this perspective. Many of these students moved on to study advanced fields of medicine, physics, biology, and chemistry. But more importantly, these students could integrate their faith into their fields of passion opening up opportunities to share the Gospel message with other nonbelievers.
I’m a firm believer than science often confirms the truth in faith, particularly Christianity. Furthermore, where there appears to be contradiction in evidence, eye witness accounts, historical data, or philosophical debate, Christianity is the only faith with a history of continuous verifiable data.
Pray wisdom, solutions, and resources, for Code for the Kingdom as they seek to accomplish some impossible tasks and develop solutions to some of the major social injustices of our time. I look forward to the advancements in technology, solutions for diseases, and intriguing ideas that arise from this supernatural collaboration of believers.
Code for the Kingdom Pages:
Become a Sponsor: http://codeforthekingdom.org/contact.html
Leadership Network: http://leadnet.org/
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