Reader, and friend, David Joseph recently asked me about my thoughts on Twittering in church. Interesting topic – great question! If you’re not on Twitter yet, you should be. I actually prefer it over Facebook (sounds like a good future blog post).
I’m thrilled to get to think about topics like this more frequently these days, as I am now moving up to working 15 hours per week with the awesome church family of ours at Vista Community Church in Dublin, OH. If you haven’t heard yet through the social grapevine, I was up until 3am Sunday morning launching the new site (and blogs for our pastor and children’s ministry). Now that the sites are up, it’s time to move on to improving our communication methods (partially social networking) with the technology in place.
To answer David’s question, I would always start with having Christ in mind. Wherever we might be engaging in worship (home, work, church, etc), Christ is there. But the question you ask David is pointed at why we are there. It seems wherever we are, whether it’s driving down a busy interstate (raised hand here) or sitting in church, technology has our attention. I’m glad to hear of states that are making text-messaging while driving illegal. Maybe churches should start ex-communicating people who do the same while in the house of the Lord? LOL.
I think the decision is a simple one. Churches are doing a great job at sharing the message God has given them with the world via video streams, Twitter updates, chat rooms, and other technologies. While in the house of the Lord there is one message that needs to be heard, and usually the pastor is the one He wants to be relaying it. I personally choose to stay focused on that message, knowing that I can share my thoughts or points that are challenging me with the world soon enough.
There’s an interesting line there. Almost like those that live-blog (post notes they are taking) at conferences. You want to share the amazing truths that you are hearing. What I think we’re missing out on is letting those points soak in first, make sure our lives are changed, then share a message that will be even deeper via whatever communication we use (Twitter, blog, etc.). One other thing that weighs heavily with the decision to not be “tweeting” while in church is that it can also easily distract my attention from that message God is wanting me to hear. At moments like this, you could be Steve Jobs and I would prefer not to know what you are up to. I have a God to hear from, and you’re not Him. Will stop here, but it sure seems this one needs more attention – thanks a bunch for asking!
PRAYING that Christ-followers will bend their ears more towards the message of God, and not distractions the world has to offer. PRAISING God for giving us His Son, and the Word which deserve more admiration than we’ve ever given.