Monday, January 27, 2014

BIG’s Blog: A Gift from God

We will get back to the projected 2014 trends that we started last week with my next post . . . but there was some news last week I don’t want you to miss!

I realize that not all of my readers are Catholic, but whether you are Catholic or not, you had to stop for a moment when the Pope himself tweeted out that the Internet is a gift from God.

His exact tweet: The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God. —Pope Francis

We all know the horror stories of the Internet: pornography, bullying, cyber stalkers, etc. Too many of us, however, focus on the Internet’s dark side, not even thinking about its possible positive side.

So, to whom is Pope Francis talking? It’s not teenagers or 20 or 30-somethings since they are already there; it is already a big part of their lives. So, whom is he talking to?

It’s us! It is we who are fearful of what we don’t understand. After all, most of us remember the world and the workplace before computers, let alone the Internet. And, let’s be frank, many of us worry that we can’t keep up and that this is a young person’s game.

But it's not.

Yet too many of us are holding ourselves back. Which, in turn, holds back our (fundraising) organizations.

This is a shame for secular nonprofit organizations, but it is much worse for faith-based organizations. Why? Because it means we are really not fully engaging the world.

That is why Pope Francis is saying to all of us, “get with it folks, this is a gift from God.”

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