The coolest thing happened on Saturday.
I walk into a McDonald’s and glance at the Sunday Baltimore Sun on sale with a huge picture of a guy with computer stuff in the background above the fold. The face looked familiar to me and I noticed the story- Hacking for Good – above the picture. I realized it was someone I knew: Johnny Long!
Johnny has the coolest job of anyone I know.
He works for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and was one of the founders of a team called StrikeForce – a force of IT professionals hired by organizations to test their own security measures, i.e., a group of professional hackers!
Johnny’s also a Christian who for several years has been exploring the nexus of his faith and vocation. I first met Johnny a few years ago when he and his wife Jen took a faithmaps course I was facilitating at Grace. He and Jen also served with Beth and me on the Leadership Team of KatrinaGrace in the early days.
The Tricia Bishop piece does a good job of
- detailing Johnny’s realization that professional fulfillment could not be completely satisfying,
- his decision to begin self-identifying as a Christian in professional contexts,
- the work that he and Jen began to do in Uganda with AOET, a charity organization that helps AIDs orphans, and, finally,
- his founding of Hackers for Charity as a means by which to get other technical professionals involved in charitable enterprises.
Historically, many evangelicals have felt that when someone becomes very committed to God, the best course for them to take is toward full-time pastoral ministry. I believe Johnny’s unfolding story bears testimony to the fact that many Christians should stay where they are planted and that in that place they might have a greater impact than any preacher.