As me and Jon David Bruegel shot Episode II for the vlog, Jon made a remark about Christians “Tweeting” and questioned if we should do it. So by request from one of our subscribers I am giving my humble opinion of social networks in general and should Christians tweet. One of the things we must always realize about social networks is that they are tools that can be used for good or bad. Many Christians see people abuse these social tools and then say that therefore it is inherently evil. What they fail to see is that they are blaming problems on the tool and failing to see where the real problem is. The problem is the people who use the tool. Now Facebook for example, is one of the most used and exploited social networks out there. I personally believe Facebook is a great tool but has puffed itself up and figured it can disregard people’s privacy because of the demand for it. But Facebook in and of itself is not bad as with any social network.
So what about Twitter? Twitter is similar to Facebook but is more about sharing quick little status’ about yourself in a social stream. Many Christians again, look at the people who post dumb and unimportant “tweets” and say that Twitter is a waste of time and is not good for you. Yet again, they fail to see how you can with Twitter, get the news faster then ever. You can get even movements started and spread fast through re-tweeting and mass followings. Twitter can be a waste of time and like every social network there is the potential to waste time on it. It does not however make it wrong to use it.
One of the examples of Twitter being used for good is Ray Comfort and the 180 movie project. He was able to get 180’s anti-abortion message out faster and more widespread then ever before because of Twitter topics, Facebook pages, Youtube, and Google+. The message was so popular that Abortionists became nervous about 180’s popularity. Without the use of social networks and Twitter especially, Ray couldn’t have had impact he has on our culture on abortion.
Now we come to a crossroad, should we as Christians be on these social networks? That is something between you and God. There is nothing wrong socializing and talking to friends on Twitter or any social network. All I can say is that they are tools that can be used for incredible good and incredible evil. You cannot say that they are bad yet not good either. God’s will can definitely be accomplished through Twitter. Just remember that when your on Twitter or any social network you hold a weapon. Treat it as such.