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What if Jesus was on Twitter?

Shifting pace stinks. I have been shifting gears far too much recently. And I bet you have too. That is why I think it is crucial that we find a new gear for discussing spirituality. So today, on Twitter’s Follow #Friday (for you Twitter virgins, the # sign is Twitter lingo), I am wondering who we should follow. Who should we look to for hope when gears change, the economy is rearranged, and life is certainly not the same? (Yep, I can rhyme.)

And what if Jesus was on Twitter? Would we Follow #Friday him?

 

Twitter is with some people all the time—on their iPhone’s and Blackberry’s. Many of these people tell you about everything going on in their lives. If their lives are interesting, or you care a lot about them, that’s pretty cool. Otherwise, it’s a little dull. (Hey, I am just saying it, all of you were thinking it.) I don’t have an iPhone or a Blackberry, so I only Tweet things from the office or home. (I know, I am in the Stone Age.) But before you iPhone users stone me, let me tell you why I don’t have an iPhone.

I have a hard enough time hearing Jesus already. I don’t think I could handle any more noise or distractions in my life. To most people an iPhone is a help; to me it would be a distraction. But if I could follow Jesus on my iPhone, that would be a different story. (Programs that let you study the Bible on your phone are definitely a help in this regard. In fact, I am nearly convinced to get an iPhone because of them.) So, don’t get me wrong, I think iPhones and Twitter are super cool; I am just suggesting that we need boundaries for the sake of our spirituality.

Like iPhones and Blackberrys, Jesus is with us all the time. One of the most powerful elements of Christ coming to earth is the fact that He brings the Holy Spirit. The Spirit then becomes our constant advocate and guide here on earth (John 14:16 –26), while Jesus (as the risen Son of God) is our advocate in heaven (1 John 2:1). If only I kept up with Jesus as much as I do with Twitter. So, here’s my pact. I am going to work at constant prayer, and I hope my suggestion of keeping an eye on the noise in your life will help you to do the same. Shut off the computer and turn off your phone sometime today. Try just listening to God. Because after all, he is a God who often shows up in the silence (1 Kings 19:11 –18).

I also think it is important that we don't forget that like iPhones are here and now—everywhere, all the awful things of this world are also here and now—everywhere. And there is no stimulus package that is going to make the pain go away. No president or senator who can fix us and make us whole. We need to believe in a God who is also here and now—everywhere. We need a God who is living and breathing with every follower of Him. A God who can make us whole. We need to replace sin, distrust, pain, grief and addiction with the Spirit. The Spirit is the great substitute.

What would the world look like if Follow #Friday was about following the leading of the Spirit? What would it look like if in several moments of every day we stopped everything, and made following Jesus the priority? What if we constantly renewed our belief in the Infinite God who is in everything? Drop me a comment and let me know what you think.

Comments

I just realized that there are a few posts online with this title as well. The highest ranked one is by Greg Stier for the Christian Post: http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090421/what-if-jesus-was-on-twitt...

For the others, Google the title. If anything really interesting comes up, feel free to drop a comment about it with a link.

--John

There's something refreshing in the idea of harnessing social media technologies for the purposes of Christ's Kingdom. It strikes me as almost being redemptive like some distant tremor of salvation. We were reminded the other day that the Internet was "invented" as a vehicle to distribute porn, and look what we've done. Social media led by Facebook have taken the lead away. What was meant to isolate in awful individual fantasies somehow is bringing people together. Now you're talking about the iPhone, Blackberry and whatever's next - the next step after the mythical PC in the dark closet. To me the point is that technology is bringing people together in a massive way, however imperfectly. And that's cool. Because I also see technology bringing people together with God (one example: sermon podcasts).
Besides, and I hate to say it but then I'll shut up. I think worship leaders might do well to heed your great suggestion about the noise in our lives: "Shut down the band, turn off the Powerpoint sometime on Sunday morning. Try just listening to God. Because after all, he is a God who often shows up in the silence..." I agree, it's not the Internet, nor the iPhone, nor Twitter, it's our condition and the disposition of our hearts to the Spirit of Christ.

Stephen75,

Thanks for your comment. Some good stuff here. Here are my thoughts.

I am not sure about your facts here (e.g., the purpose the internet was invented for). It is my understanding that the internet was invented for educational purposes by people at Oxford and I believe Harvard, and it was then used for military purposes. Although, the history of technology is certainly not my area of expertise, so I won't claim any authority on this matter.

Despite the purpose the internet was invented for, it certainly can be used for great good, as you point out. Like you, when I look at what several churches around the country are doing with technology (and software companies like Logos Bible Software [who I work for] are doing -- http://www.logos.com), I see how incredible technology is. It certainly is a vehicle that can be used for the good. So thanks for further pointing that out.

If you don't mind me inserting my opinion a bit more, I do disagree with you about what churches should be doing on Sundays. Lets try and not forget that music is most definitely a vehicle for worshiping God and that PowerPoint helps people worship as well. (Just my two cents.) In my view, all of these are modes that can be used to reach God.

Stephen75, you are certainly onto something here. Now I am curious where this will take us in our discussion of the Infinite God in everything.

Just my thoughts. Anyone else want to chime in?

--John

It is silly to try to fit old mythology with new technology. Thats how old religions died off.

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The Infinite God is everywhere, are you looking? I am dedicated to finding God in all aspects of life – the Bible, the news, and the arts. Because I find that the most fulfilling journey of all is searching for heaven here on earth.