Be an E-prophet (@darrenrhill)

I have to admit I’m not a great fan of 1 and 2 Kings. “What?” I hear you gasp. “There are books of the bible that you don’t like?” Well, to be honest yes. And to make a slightly laboured point so do you. We all have our own particular favourites and, by definition, others that are nor so favourite. We often have a canon within a canon too. A canon where we hold some passages to be slightly more in line with our particular view of God.

The E-boys

Back to 1 Kings though. I’m not over keen on the two books because of all the… well, Kings. I get a little bored with all the so and so followed so and so and did evil in the sight of the Lord (my paraphrase). My problem with that is I miss two of the great Old Testament characters. Elijah and Elisha are two prophets who did a lot of great things and became models for the ideal prophet. Many events in the life of Jesus echo things these two did.

Elijah’s battle with the prophets of Baal is an iconic moment in the Old Testament. Despite what I said above, I like 1 Kings 18 – 19. The way Elijah taunts the prophets of Baal and then let’s God sort them out, is pure Hollywood before celluloid. But then the all too human Elijah gets upset and wonders what the point of it all is, believing he is the only one at work. God has a quick word and makes the point that Elijah is not alone, there are others.

Social ghettos

energised_for_missionSocial media connects. If Elijah had opened his iPhone and just posted a message to the Faithful in Carmel group he would have known that he wasn’t alone. Today Christians around the world are united on social networks, generally encouraging one another, in-between the odd theological disagreement (sigh). Each one fighting their faithful moral crusade by sharing their inspirational, text-laden photos… to other like-minded believers.

Have we gone too far from the position Elijah found himself in? Once again Christianity has created its own little ghetto within the digital arena. Online activity is similar to offline activity, Christians are simply mixing with other Christians. Christians know they are not alone online, but they are also separating themselves. The danger is that once again Christianity sticks to its own ghetto. Mission can’t exist without the mission field.

Christians have a little digital light to shine, that light shouldn’t be hidden by shining it into the light that already exists. Elijah and Elisha were prophets who tried to change their world. Is there anything in the world today, online or offline, that needs changing?

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