Of all the social media sites, perhaps Twitter is the most frustrating. It is the one with the most arguments, anger, and political tribalism. It’s the one that tends to put me in a bad mood whenever I open it. In fact, on a few different occasions recently I’ve logged out of Twitter for several days and considered deleting my account. There is just so much negativity that I sometimes don’t want to deal with it.
But there is also so much potential. I was reminded of that when reading through an email from the How to Talk About God email series offered by StartingwithGod.com. In the email, Marilyn Adamson, director of StartingwithGod, referenced Jesus’ parable of the sower in Matthew 13.
“He just threw it out there,” Marilyn writes. “He didn’t make sure it landed only on the good soil. It was OK with him if some landed on rocks. Or dry ground. Or in a pile of thorns. His job was to sow the seed.”
Twitter gives us the opportunity to do that, to sow seed broadly. Just throw the information out there and let God use it as He will. Some people will ignore your tweets, some will like them, some will give a positive comment, some may mock you or try to start an argument, while others may want to have an actual spiritual conversation around the topic you started. You never know what God will do, but your job initially is just to put it out there and see.
The EveryStudent website has a page offering more than 50 sample tweets — two examples are shown above — that you can copy and send out, each including a link to a relevant article. You can copy these directly or just use them as a guide as you think of what you want to share on Twitter. In any case, don’t be afraid to sow broadly. While outreach will often be highly targeted and specific to whom you are speaking, there are other times when sowing broadly is helpful. Twitter is a good way of doing exactly that.
Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2)
- Take some of the sample tweets and start sowing the seed broadly on Twitter.
- Think about how you can be strategic with your social media accounts to share Jesus.
- Watch the video for more advice on using social media for God.
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