Twitter and the blogosphere lit up. News networks were abuzz. Why? The Domain Name System (DNS) for the controversial site, WikiLeaks, pulled the pin. Anyone attempting to access the WikiLeaks site using their domain http://www.wikileaks.org/ would fail.
How? As simply as possible, when you enter a web address into your browser it connects to a DNS (Domain Name System) that tells your device all the geeky stuff it needs to know to access that webpage. For example, if we didn’t use DNS then you would have to remember and enter “220.127.116.11” into your browser just to access Google.com. You see, easy to remember domain names like Google.com and a DNS come in handy.
What’s This Got To Do With Christians?
Well, Internet users access WikiLeads via their DNS. When it goes down, access to WikiLeaks goes down. In a similar way (although not a perfect analogy) the lost world around us require the “DNS” of the Gospel to access Jesus. However, unlike WikiLeaks which can be accessed directly if you know its IP address, there is no alternative or backdoor access to Jesus apart from the Word of Life contained in the Gospel. Sadly, for a variety of reasons, our Gospel DNS often goes down.
How Often Is Your Gospel DNS Down?
In my observation, here are three ways our Gospel DNS can go down:
1. We fail to speak the Gospel
On average, humans can speak over 8,000 words per day. How many of those words are used to discuss anything other than the Gospel and the offer of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life found in Jesus Christ? In some churches, Sunday after Sunday can go by without the Gospel clearly articulated. For many of us, many coffees can be shared without broaching the subject either.
Remember, “faith comes from hearing” (Romans 10:17). If we’re not speaking then they have nothing to hear. If they have nothing to hear then they have nothing (and no one) to place their faith in.
If we fail to speak the Gospel, in affect, our Gospel DNS is down.
2. We replace the Gospel with good deeds
Good deeds are important. I’d go almost as far as saying they are necessary because hypocrisy is one of the quickest ways to mute the Gospel. However, ultimately speaking, my deeds alone cannot connect anyone to Jesus.
No one can be saved by simply observing me help an elderly person cross the street, donate blankets to the homeless, volunteer in a soup kitchen, or . Without the Words of Life spoken in the Gospel it is impossible (see point #1).
If we replace the Gospel with good deeds, in affect, our Gospel DNS is down.
3. We distort the Gospel
Christians are the best at distorting the Gospel and making the message the world hears anything but good news, or at least not as good as God intended. How often do we give the impression that what we stand for as Christians is moral reform; just make your life better and God will give you a second chance? If we don’t take the moralism route, maybe the Gospel loses all its power; Jesus can’t save you from your sin but He’ll give you good self-esteem and make your life feel better? Here’s a helpful article suggesting seven ways we can distort the gospel.
If we distort the Gospel, in affect, our Gospel DNS is down.
What can Christians learn from the WikiLeaks DNS saga? Surprisingly we can learn once again the importance of the Gospel. It is the means God uses to connect the lost to Jesus. May we not be guilty of having our Gospel DNS down.
I know I’ve been challenged considering whether my Gospel DNS is truly active and responsive in day-to-day life. What about you? Leave a comment, discuss it on Facebook, or send me on a tweet on Twitter.