and so it begins.
yesterday i announced my intention to maintain my current position in the technology curve. mind you, i’m not planning to drop out altogether, i’ve simply decided that i’m spending too much time learning how to use time-saving devices. i’m going to use my cell phone to speak to people, not to text. i have decided not to twitter.
david writes, “Thank God you didn’t ‘opt out’ at some previous other tech breakthroughs. i.e. The bathroom Ventilation fan. Altoids.” but one doesn’t need to expend a great deal of intellectual energy to chew a breath mint, does one. i just don’t want to learn any more new technologies.
but that is not really my issue.
Pastors tweet quotes from their reading, and inform us of what they are reading. Sunday tweets tend to be gratitude tweets. We also regularly discover who is meeting with whom (and the “whom” is always a notch above the “who”), or where someone is traveling. We hear about accomplishments but almost never any failures or disappointments, making the Twitter world largely a happy face community.
So, let me ask pastors who tweet and who update their status a few simple questions: What do your updates tell us about what you are doing? About what is uppermost on your mind? About what is most important to you? It is time to take stock. Perhaps you are like me—using social media to draw the attention and time of others to something else. But where are we leading these folks? What do our links reveal about what is most important to us? About what is uppermost on our minds?
there is something inside me–and i think it’s quite real–that is ready and willing to do anything (and i use that word advisedly) to advance the kingdom. but there’s no denying that there is also something inside me that will do anything (that word again) to get noticed. to get affirmation. to get accolades. i honestly wonder whether my foray into the blogosphere has been more about my mission or my ego.
so if i were to commence twittering (tweeting?) who would “follow” me? and how many? and would the people who happened to follow me be the ones god has called me to reach? and does it matter? and (perhaps more importantly), given my capacity for destructive co-dependency and self-aggrandizement on a massive scale, would i be twittering for jesus or for me? and how does one measure success if one is truly “twittering for jesus”? in other words, would i be considered a twitter failure if no one followed me? or could i consider my endeavor worthwhile if 100 followed me? or 1000? or as many as pete wilson (35,567 as of today)?
i want to be what jesus wants me to be. period. and if someone can show me how twitter might elevate that mission without distracting me from what is truly important, then i’m all ears.
and will twitter help me have fresh breath?