I’m getting old. Seriously old.
I remember when the Commodore 64 was the hottest thing on the planet and was deliciously excited when I built an interface that allowed me to write directly to a cassette disk to store my “ruminations.” I paid as much for my first C64 as I did myMacbook!
I’ve been a child of the technological-communication explosion that started back in the late 70’s; just when I would think it wasn’t possible to develop something new, something newer would arrive on the scene.
The newest “thing,” at least for me, has been “Twitter.” For those of you who don’t know what it is, you’re perfectly entitled to respond exactly as I did, “Twitter? What’s that?”
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others’ updates… displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to other users – known as followers – who have subscribed to them. Wikipedia
It’s really rather weird. You have 140 characters to express yourself. It is based on the question: “What are you doing?”
At first it was just an inane toy; but I’ve discovered that it is a remarkable tool. While traveling in Brazil visiting the new church plants and working with the kids I can give multiple, and instant, updates to people here in the U.S. I can upload photos, express myself and report, all in 140 characters.
But what has really began to get my attention is the ability to live out the gospel via Twitter.
Well, you can’t really tweet the gospel. Rob Bell
Your tweets blow me away! I’ve learned more about Jesus following you on Twitter than I have in years of Sunday School. A Twitter Follower
I find it a useful avenue to express my walk.
I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. Paul
I even find it a way to follow the teaching of Jesus.
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life…” Jesus
In order for people to read what you write, they have to purposely chose to follow you. Something has attracted them to you. They are going to read your words; you are not just tossing them out there with the unrealistic hope that they may find a set of eyes to see them. Someone has chosen to follow you so they can read what you are doing.
And therein lies the “gotcha!”
Would Jesus Twitter? I think that is the wrong question; more appropriately, would he use a PC or a Mac?