Should churches invest in robust technology ministries or are such things merely luxuries within the body? Yes, our churches need to prioritize prayer and preaching, but could the choice to give more attention to technology share the same motivation behind these Sunday morning essentials?
Why We Invest in Church Technology
HBO’s renown miniseries “Band of Brothers” tells the story of the 506th Regiment of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division and their tumultuous yet legendary journey together through Nazi-occupied Europe in World War 2. The series accompanies this group of men, widely known as “Easy Company”, from their assembly and training in the backwoods of Georgia in the summer of 1942 until the beginning of the war’s end on V.E. Day in May of 1945.
The 2001 series vividly reenacts the Regiment’s deployment in Normandy on D-Day, their accomplishments following Operation Market Garden while occupying the Netherlands in 1944, and even their miraculous survival and stronghold in Bastogne, Belgium during the dismal wintry months of 1945’s well-known Battle of the Bulge.
‘Band of Brothers’ boasts 10 episodes teeming with historical reenactment both on and off the battlefield. In addition, each episode provides first-hand accounts from the men from Easy who survived the war. Their testimonies are rooted in lifelong reflection upon the horrors and memories of the fateful years which they shared with one another in 1940’s wartime Europe.
Though the show depicts a swath of famed battles and tremendous accomplishments, no scene or testimony in the series quite matches the intensity and severity of what occurs in the second to last episode entitled, “Why We Fight.” Here, the viewer watches Easy Company advance deeply into Germany towards the end of the war. As the men patrol through civilian occupied towns, they unexpectedly venture upon a concentration camp, having no idea at first what it could be.
The scene is one of profound despondency and silent terror. In a few short minutes, the title of the episode becomes perfectly clear without ever being uttered… this is why we fight.
It is not the reenacted military achievement of the 101st Airborne that makes ‘Band of Brothers’ special. Instead, it is the story of a group of ordinary men who willingly joined hands and took a stand for what was right within the realities of a gruesome war. In other words, it is not the battle but the motive behind the battle that makes ‘Band of Brothers’ pure and true and good.
You and I live in a world today that is widely held captive by an evil that is even greater than those who were behind the final solution in World War 2. We live in a place of profound spiritual despondency and silent spiritual terror. The weight of these realities should provide a motivation to be a people who are consistently about the business of God.
We are called to be a light in a dark world. Our task is to love God and love our neighbor. Preaching the good news, committing resources to worthy programs like Divorce Care, M.O.P.S., Vacation Bible School, and reaching outward to our communities are all part of the call. It’s about sharing of ourselves and the truth of God’s Word – that we are loved because he first loved us and sent his son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Sharefaith exists to support this call through churches. Our work is designed to help you present the Good News. Whether it’s a website or graphics mobile giving, or social media tools, our motivation centers around a singular focus: investing in you.
Only you and your team can answer particular questions about starting a church app, being more intentional on social media presence, or whether to consider revamping your website with live video streaming and other services. If any of those are considerations, we’d love to explore how our support can undergird you locally. We’d love to partner with you and share in this journey of faith together.
The men of Easy Company were champions for justice and truth in the greatest war that our world has ever known. Their convictions led them to strive to subdue the evil of their age in every way possible. May we follow their example being faithful with the call that we’ve been given.
“I have become all things to all men, so that I may, by all means, save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.” (1 Cor. 9:22b-23 NASB)