“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 13: 9-11)
In this prophecy to his disciples, Jesus makes it clear that Christianity (that is, the way of Christ) isn’t only for people like them, it’s for everybody, even for people who are very different, even for people who are very hostile towards them. Witnessing is not about entertainment or marketing, it’s about endurance. It’s not about pre-emptive attack or personal protection, it’s about endurance. It’s not about oratorical sophistication or religious techniques, it’s about Spiritual receptivity. What does this suggest for the way we Christians should conduct ourselves on the world wide web, when we get flogged on blogs and flamed on Facebook? What does this suggest our response should be in the face of web balkanisation and tribal fragmentation?