In Response To Stupid Tweets
Yes I’m on Twitter, and yes I’m aware of the irony of critiquing a social networking medium on a social networking medium! I believe technology is a tool to be leveraged and used for the Kingdom of God and that Twitter, Facebook and other social networks can be great tools for Christians to use.
Personally, I really enjoy twitter because:
- I love being inspired by great thoughts that people write or quote
- I love being in the loop on what’s happening in various churches around the world
- I love having the opportunity to pray when difficult situations are shared
- I love having the opportunity to celebrate when great things are shared
However, Twitter has a dark side… What I don’t like about it is the vast number of stupid tweets that get spurted out on any given day. A lot of the time from people who should know better.
Listen to what Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:1-5,
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
As Christians, we are to “take every though captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:5). That means every tweet as well. We need to “be ready” as Paul writes “in season and out of season”, so that when we read something, we’re not just blindly lead by it. Remember, the Bible is God’s Word, not a C.S. Lewis quote (I picked that one because that’s a danger for me!).
Paul says that we’re to “reprove, rebuke and exhort”. Now, Twitter isn’t the best place to have an argument, but you certainly need to rebuke certain thoughts in your own mind. And while we’re at it, let’s use Twitter to exhort a whole lot more than we do!
It says that “people will not endure sound teaching” (interesting choice of words there!), but that we will effectively listen to whoever suits our “own passions”. In other words, we listen to who we like to listen to, and agree with people we already like. If we don’t like it, we think it mustn’t be true. That’s a dangerous way to think.
Paul says we’re in danger of wandering off into “myths”, pursuing things that don’t matter when we have a church to build and His Name to glorify.
When using Twitter (or any social network for that matter), don’t turn off your mind of faith. Engage your new heart and your renewed mind in your online activity. Remember that just because it sounds good, it doesn’t mean it’s true, and just because it sounds bad, or isn’t written particularly eloquently, doesn’t mean it’s false. Look beneath the form of words, the personality behind them and the medium on which they’re shared to the validity of what the person is actually saying. What matters is not how good it sounds, but “is this true?”