As believers, it is important for us to express our perspectives in a way that declares our faithfulness to the Word. In today’s secular world, it can be troubling for some to be open about their faith. Social media has become a venue of expression that defines many of us personally.
We’ve discussed in the past the importance of social media in spreading the truth. Today, the internet in general and social media in particular is a tool used by the adversary to lead people astray, to get them focused on things that are only important in this world, and to take them down a road that can lead to false enlightenment. We consider it to be an important venue; we put effort into maintaining our YouTube and Facebook presence to reach the nations.
Twitter is a little different. The reach potential is so much less. We’ve been able to maintain a thriving Twitter presence, but it has been much lower on our priorities. Now, we are starting to believe that there may be more to it. Recently, many false religious organization, scoffers, and even terrorist groups have turned to Twitter to spread anti-Biblical messages. A search through certain hashtags that are intended to be faith-based have become infested with doubt and ridicule.
We are going to be turning more of our attention towards spreading the Word through Twitter, but unlike on YouTube and Facebook, we aren’t going to say that it’s something all who are active on Twitter should do. We’d like to see that, but it really comes down to you. The 140-character limit can make Twitter a challenging venue for many, especially considering how much we all want to say about our Lord and Savior.
There’s another issue. Like all of the other online venues for discussion, Twitter is loaded with temptations and deceptions that can lead people astray. Even the faithful can be misled or be overwhelmed by the intense negativity, secularism, and deceit that is inherent on Twitter. If you are like many (most?) who can admit vulnerability to the risks posed on a venue such as Twitter, it’s probably best to simply avoid it.
We would love to see more of the faithful on Twitter taking back hashtags, spreading the Gospel, and being examples to friends and relatives. However, it also comes down to our original challenge. Is it worth it? Does Twitter have real reach? In the maelstrom of activity that fills most Twitter feeds, can our individual voices be amplified enough to make a difference? We don’t know. We were skeptical until recently. The adversary is clever. We don’t know for sure if it’s a way to reach people or a distraction from more important ways to fulfill God’s purpose.
For now, we are going to be more active on Twitter. If you feel the same, we welcome the help in spreading the Word.