Read Matthew 10
The Internet is an amoral means of passing information. It is neither good nor bad, yet at the same time is used for both good and bad purposes. Like many things in life, the benefits of the Internet have corresponding liabilities. For instance the ability of anyone with a device and access to Wi-Fi to gain access to social media is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing for because many are able to use it to connect with long lost friends and acquaintances that they would have no other way of connecting with. It is also a curse any person with evil intent can use it to lure unwary Internet travelers into their webs of deception and cause great harm.
One great vice of the Internet is the plethora of false information that can be disseminated with relative ease and can be made to appear quite convincing. At the same time the Internet can also be a great avenue by which truth can be revealed.
There was a time prior to the widespread access to the Internet that the mainstream media of television, newspaper and radio could control what most people heard about national and world events. With the advent of Internet based news outlets, social media, video-blogging and live streaming, there is no end of information available at the touch of a button. Some of it is reliable, some of it clearly deceptive and misleading, much of it is somewhere in between. It can be overwhelming trying to sort through it all when one is seeking reliable sources.
In today’s reading Jesus sends out his followers with a warning that there will be many who will oppose them as they go out to spread the good news of the kingdom of heaven. He does not hide the truth from them that some of them will be persecuted, and perhaps even killed for proclaiming the truth about Him. In spite of this He encourages them to be bold and fearless.
So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. (v. 26)
The strategy of the enemy of our souls is to hide and distort the truth because he knows that he can only control the actions of those whom he can deceive. Jesus tells us, “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. (John 8:32) It is only as we make God’s truth the anchor that secures us to Him that we can effectively fend off the assault of the enemy.
It is also our mission – as it was the mission of the disciples Jesus sent out – to proclaim that truth to the people who walk in deception. We will find as we do this that the truth is not always well received. Sometimes it is because of the way we deliver the message, other times it is just because the deceived ones are not yet ready to hear it. The bottom line is we will not be able to proclaim what we do not understand ourselves. For this reason it is imperative that we do as the Apostle Paul encouraged young Timothy,
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)