Today’s hyperpolarized political climate mirrors another growing gap in America: the dramatic rise of people who claim no religion at all, also known as “nones.”
This demographic is most common among young adults.
As a Millennial, Matt Brown falls squarely within that segment of the population. But as a Christian evangelist, he believes the key to healing the division lies in two Gospel themes: truth plus love.
Brown’s influence after 17 years of ministry is impressive, touring and broadcasting across the country with millions in his reach.
For a young influencer with a large social following, he laughs at how he once resisted technology.
“I was slow to get a cell phone. Slow to get a computer. I was slow to get on social media,” Brown told CBN News.
But he quickly learned how those same technologies easily could be turned into a platform to preach the Gospel.
“I was waiting on pastors to have me come in and preach, so I was like I don’t need to wait here. I can just write. I can just minister,” he explained.
“Think Eternity” Grows to Reach Five Million Via Internet
Brown frequently speaks at conferences and churches, but about half of his ministry work is done online. He founded Think Eternity years ago with his wife, a ministry that now reaches about five million people monthly and helps hundreds annually choose to become Christians.
“We want to minister to people right where they are: through social media, through the internet, through Google and these things,” he said. “So it’s an opportunity and a place to communicate.”
The Downside of Social Media
Still, Matt also noticed something else about social media – people behaving poorly, including Christians. Most often that bad behavior is on full display when conversations turn political.
“I’m not telling people that they should engage politics or other things any certain way,” he explained. “There are different thoughts about that, but [Christians] have to be careful about how we disagree [and] who we call intolerant.”
Truth Plus Love
Brown dives into this discussion in his new book, fittingly named Truth Plus Love.
Growing up in a Christian home, he used to measure religious commitment by how often he prayed or read the Bible.
Now he believes it’s about spiritual maturity and developing what the Apostle Paul defined as the “fruit of the spirit” in the New Testament book of Galatians.
“You can be passionate about the word of God and miss all the scriptures about being compassionate and being kind,” Brown told CBN News. “There’s so many. Be gentle. Bear with each other. Keep the unity … this is why I’m so passionate about this message and wanted to write Truth Plus Love. ”
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