Using the ‘Digital Universe’ to Share the Gospel with Younger Generations
By Movieguide® Contributor
As technology and social media use become ubiquitous, especially among younger generations, TruPlay founder Brent Dusing is urging parents to use “the digital universe as a vast mission field.”
“There was a time when children relied on their parents and the small community around them to learn about the world, but now they have access to a sea of thoughts, ideas, and perspectives,” Dusing said in an Op-Ed for Christian Headlines. “Parents must be prepared to provide wisdom and guidance on how to navigate the online world. They don’t need more knowledge; they need help to discern truth and develop a biblical worldview.”
Recent surveys have found the belief in God has steadily declined through each generation. Only 31% of Gen Z—those born between 1997 and the early 2010s—believe in the existence of God. That percentage is compared to 43% of Millennials who believe.
As faith steadily declines with each generation, many are concerned about the rising Generation Alpha—those born between 2010 and 2024. They are the first generation to grow up in an entirely digital age.
Because of this, Rob Hoskins notes, “they are highly comfortable with digital communication and expect seamless integration of technology in all aspects of their lives, including their faith practices. Churches need to adapt to this reality by creating digital platforms and content that cater to the needs and preferences of Gen Alpha.”
Despite new technology, young people still need to be exposed to the Gospel. Dusing adds that Gen Z and Generation Alpha will need to deal with “threats” to their mental health and overcome the lasting impacts of the pandemic—challenges only God can ultimately resolve.
“Despite these challenges, the important thing to consider is that the online space that these new generations are so familiar with is a great mission field if we can point children to positive and productive content,” he explained.
By instilling biblical principles into their children’s everyday lives, both in person and online, parents can reach the next generation with the Gospel.
Movieguide® previously reported on Dusing’s TruPlay:
TruPlay Games has created a Christian entertainment platform that shares God’s truth through video games, videos and comics to combat the current toxic media landscape.
“All of our games are built to be incredibly fun, very high quality, built by gaming professionals who worked at world-class gaming companies, but also games that reveal God’s truth,” Brent Dusing, CEO and founder of TruPlay Games, told The Christian Post.
“But at the same time, we’re dealing with issues that kids are dealing with, and we’re showing that God is there and that there is a positive way to deal with negativity that comes through,” he continued. “And that your identity and your development as a human being should be tied to God’s plan for you, not someone else’s agenda.”
The TruPlay platform operates on a subscription model, allowing users access to their entire content library for $10 a month. It is available on both IOS and Android.
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