In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – and everything in between – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?
“Viewpoint” allows your Prayer Team’s talented writing team to express their opinions on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree with all they have to say. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say, and perhaps even receive a response back from the writer.
Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders.
Following Jesus On Twitter
Pastor tweets the entire Bible
By James N. Watkins
When I heard that Chris Juby, the worship director at Kings Church in Durham, England was “tweeting the entire Bible,” my little mind panicked. What’s he going to do with these verses, I wondered?
“So they made their father drink wine that night…Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father” (Genesis 19:35-36)
“Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!” (Psalm 137:9)
“Women should keep silent in the churches” (1 Corinthians 14:34).
Or most any passage from the Song of Solomon!
And many of you would cancel your subscriptions to this newsletter if I quoted Genesis 38:8-9 or Ezekiel 23:19-21! (You looked those up, didn’t you?! Aren’t you sorry you did)?
I was relieved to further read that Juby tweeted a “summary” of all 1,189 chapters of the Bible during a three and a half-year period. Good thing, because Scripture contains well over 31,000 verses, so to daily tweet every verse would take nearly 100 years!
Juby explained his strategy to his 30,000 followers this way:
“People know the influence the Bible has had on Christians and general culture, but a lot of people don’t feel confident enough to read the Bible themselves and actually know what’s in there. A lot of people were curious about following along so they could get a sense of what’s actually in there.”
It was a creative strategy! And I feel so much better knowing it was a Bible summary, since some verses, quoted out of context, can be misinterpreted and misleading. For instance, the writer of Ecclesiastes claims:
“Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.” (Ecclesiastes 10:19)
Not exactly a biblical mission statement!
Social media is a great forum from which to share spiritual truth and reach a possible audience of three billion Internet users, but there are some challenges:
With a 140-character limit for Twitter, it’s hard to present the total context of Scripture. For example, Jesus did command His disciples to go “borrow” a donkey, but that’s not a universal commandment for all of His followers.
Tweets and texts don’t communicate the subtle nuances of face-to-face conversation such as tone and volume of voice or body language. For example, asking yourself “Is she being sarcastic or does she seriously believe that” during a personal conversation.
Today’s employers are complaining that many of today’s young people don’t know how to carry on face to face conversations with real human beings. Alvin Toffler, in his classic 1970 book Future Shock warned against a world of “high tech/low touch” relationships.
So, while I love tweeting, texting and blogging, there are better forms of communication, such as those mentioned by the apostles Paul and John:
“And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:3)
“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (2 John 1:12)
God did not send a bulk email, post an inspiriting picture on Facebook or tweet 140 characters on love. He sent His only Son:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
I suspect that if Jesus had Internet access in first century Palestine, He would have posted: “Follow me. And not just on Twitter.”
Social networking is great, but it will never take the place of communicating the glory and complexity of God’s Truth by way of those people created in His glorious and complex image. So…
- Pray for God to reveal creative ways you can share His Good News on social media
- Pray for God to show you people who need to hear His Good News face to face
Jim tweets, posts and blogs but believes mass communication is the most efficient way to spread the gospel, but face to face conversation is the most effective. Both are needed.
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