Rwandan Man's Confession


By Dr. Bob Moorehead

In 1980 a young man from Rwanda was forced by his tribe to either renounce Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he was killed on the spot. The night before he had written the following commitment which was found in his room:

ďIím part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made - Iím a disciple of Jesus Christ. I wonít look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. Iím finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, worldly talking, cheap giving & dwarfed goals.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I wonít give up, shut up, let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till everyone knows, work till He stops me & when He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me because my banner will have been clear.Ē

 

 


The Internet

 

Over recent years we have witnessed the birth and development of the internet which has become an indispensable part of our everyday life. We have seen it evolve into an incredibly powerful medium that has forever changed our lives and the world. It can instantly take us anywhere and as high speed broadband continues to develop and reach blisteringly fast speeds, it can transport us across borders and continents in nano-seconds to our internet destination of choice. Through the development of search engines like Google Earth, we can now circle the globe in seconds and experience a wide angle or up-close satellite view of entire continents, countries, landscapes, rural areas, cities, streets and properties. Or we can experience an up-close macro view of places, buildings and real estate as we take a virtual drive through city and rural streets around the world through the wonders of Google Maps. 

The internet has revolutionised communications through its many platforms including email, telephone services through VoIP and Skype, data transfer, news and current affairs, accessing the media, blogging, online chat rooms, peer to peer (P2P) file sharing platforms, search engines like Google and Yahoo, music and video sharing websites such as MySpace and YouTube, and this is just to name a few. Virtually every day we see the birth of yet another website or internet platform for people to communicate and interact with each other such as Facebook and Twitter.  

The internet has changed the way we do business, and how we book and pay for travel. It has changed markets, created new markets and industries, and has shrunk or made obsolete some of the more traditional industries.  It has changed the way we do banking, pay bills and transfer funds, which we can now do from any location through our computers or internet capable organisers or cellular telephones. It has changed the way we buy and sell goods and services, has created the online auction revolution through mediums like eBay and in doing so, has made it possible for anyone to run a business from home or virtually any location. It has changed the way we conduct research, educate ourselves, file for patents, trademarks, copyright, or even pay our taxes. The list of possibilities and opportunities the internet offers are almost endless, and are limited only by our dreams and imagination. 

It puts at our immediate disposal a range of services and tools that make our lives easier, more efficient and better, if we use the internet for good and honest purposes. 

The Dark Side: 

As we have demonstrated, the internet provides us with many excellent, useful and wholesome benefits. On the downside, it has also provided a platform for many dark and destructive practices. 

Practices that can: 

Lead us into areas of extreme darkness and perversion such as pornographic websites. Websites that exploit, damage, and can ultimately destroy the lives of the men, women, and in some cases innocent children who become victims of this industry that was conceived and born in hell. Visiting these websites for self gratification exposes us to forces of darkness that can lead us into wilful habitual sin that will make us sick in mind, soul and spirit. It can lead us down a path of guilt and shame that damages our relationships with our friends and families, and more importantly it damages our relationship with God.  While God is full of mercy and grace and is always there for us, we still need to realise that grace will only take us so far. Rom 6:1-2. If we continue to live in wilful habitual sin and do not repent and turn away from it, over time we will become hardened by sin and guilt, and can lose our relationship with God.  The good news is; we can easily overcome sin in our lives if we apply and adopt the principles of daily living in Godís Word and in prayer, as outlined in our page on Amazing Grace. Romans 6 

Encourage us to send or forward emails with inappropriate content such as; lewd, or racist jokes, contain malicious gossip and/or spread rumours that hurt people and damage reputations, or have offensive and damaging images or files attached to them.

Cause us to steal from other people by illegally downloading or copying the intellectual property (IP) of companies and individuals such as software developers, musicians, computer and video game developers, and movie producers; businesses and people whose income is derived from their investment of money, time, efforts, hard work and talents used to create these products, programs or artistic works. 

Other hazards and dangers we are exposed to daily through the internet come in many forms including SPAM; unsolicited emails containing viruses, emails offering products or services, emails offering fake pharmaceuticals, emails with links to pornographic websites, phishing emails from scammers seeking to obtain passwords and usernames for your bank accounts or other internet accounts such as eBay or Paypal for the purposes of committing fraud or other malicious activities. There are fraudsters who list and offer non-existent goods for sale on newly established online auction accounts, or through fraudulent use of established online auction accounts hijacked via phishing emails.  There are websites and P2P file sharing networks that spread computer viruses, malware, spyware and keystroke-loggers that can enter and corrupt your computer if you donít have adequate firewall protection, anti-virus protection, and software that blocks spyware and malware in real-time. 

The possibilities for using the internet for corrupt and dishonest means are boundless. It is fraught with dangers beyond imagination for the unwary navigator, so we need to be constantly vigilant and on guard to protect ourselves from the darker side of the internet, and from those who use it for dishonest and evil purposes.   















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