This month, you might notice that there’s a bit of a theme going on here at CBN READ. We’re doing a mini series called “The Gospel of…”. We explored the idea that many things around us are telling a ‘gospel’ – a story that they want you to buy into, connect with and follow. One great example of this is how the various social media platforms all have a ‘gospel’.
Today, we’re going to talk about Twitter. Started in 2006, Twitter is a website that lets you share little thoughts or “tweets”. These tweets can only be 140 characters long so part of Twitter’s appeal is the dilution of thoughts; you have to be short and snappy. You can follow other people in order to see when they “tweet” and they can follow you in order to keep up to date with yours. Got it?
Twitter gets mentioned A LOT at the moment (if you watch any news at all, you’ll know what I mean) and that’s partly because it has broken down a lot of barriers. Want to know what your favourite film star thinks about the TV you’re watching? Tweet them and ask! Conversations with previous unattainable people: brands, celebs, musicians and yes, even politicians, are now possible.
What’s the message here? Well, firstly we would do well to notice that public figures are celebrated or criticised by what they tweet. A thoughtless 140 character remark is enough to result in immediate international fame or ridicule, unemployment and disgrace. Whether we like it or not, we are truly known by our fruit, even if that fruit is “just a tweet”!
Twitter revolves around words, more than any other social network. Our words are powerful. James 3 delivers this gut punching assessment of our words:
Look at the ships: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness… For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Great forests are set ablaze by small fires. Great impacts are made by small tweets.