I think about duality a lot. Something that is two ends of the same spectrum.
Grace and judgement. How do we blend them? How do we choose? When?
Stuff like that.
For me the internet is a prime example of this sort of duality. Spend any time in a comments section and you’ll see unfetter anger and misplaced rage.
You can also see videos and read stories of people changing the world. Giving themselves to a cause and making real change.
The internet allows for relationships to grow and develop in a way that I don’t think was present before.
I sent a Facebook to an old colleague of mine who is working in Senegal. 10 years ago that wouldn’t have been possible. I don’t have an address or a phone number. I only found out he was in Senegal because of Facebook.
The chances and opportunities are amazing.
The internet is a tool like anything else. I can be so good and it can be so bad. But with intentionality and love and grace it gives all of us a chance to start, build and deepen relationships with people who we couldn’t before. We can’t take it for granted. We can’t miss these ways and spaces for connection.
It’s so easy to drift into an ego centric internet experience. Read what I write (I see the irony), look at my pictures, like my status, all of the me, me, me stuff.
But in reality it’s a chance for a type of compassion that’s new and exciting. The internet is a place and space where we can be about what Jesus was about, love and grace.
Those are stories and experiences people will come back to see and read about again and again.