Don’t Tweet that Sermon! by Tim Challies
I have mentioned before how much I’ve appreciated Tim Challies’ writing; in fact I have another article by him that I am planning to post also. I ran across this one this afternoon, and as usual he got me thinking about technology and how it is changing our everyday lives. This is a good read. His second point really struck home with me. Tweeting a sermon means you think someone else needs to hear it rather than thinking about what God is saying to you in that moment. How often have I had that thought? “I sure hope so and so is listening to this,” and inevitably a few minutes later I realize how much it applies to me. Pride sneaks in all too easily.
His next point is frightening… “tweeting reduces a sermon to its tweetability.” We as a culture tend to be ADD. Life moves faster and faster, we are less willing, and even less able, to focus on something for more than a few minutes. But I personally don’t want a tweet from God, I want an extended conversation. And I suspect He doesn’t want a tweet of worship from me, He wants an extended period of time that is completely devoted to worshipping Him, and that includes the sermon.
So yeah, I echo Challies’ assessment. Don’t tweet the sermon.