Ever since Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples, they have been working to use available technology to spread the gospel. It began with word of mouth through preaching and witnessing. Later, the printed word, radio and television became tools to tell the good news. Now the technology of the Internet and networking sites are being used to touch the world.
Recently, the Twitter Bible was unveiled at a German book fair. Twitter is a social networking site that limits text messages to 140 characters which appear on the author’s profile page. Anyone who subscribes to that person’s profile, a follower, can receive the messages known as tweets. The Twitter Bible summarizes the Bibles’s 31,000 verses into 4,000 tweets. The official title of the work is ‘And God Decided to Chill.’
It took more than 3,000 believers, 10 days to compile short and sometimes humorous tweets that make up the Twitter Bible. They hope it will be an effective to reaching people who may never open or read a traditional Bible. Greg Stier, president of founder of Dare 2 Share asked if Jesus would have been on Twitter if it had been available while He was on earth. Stier suggested a couple of possible tweets Jesus might have posted. Jesus might have said, “40 days without food. Satan doing a full court press. Does he really think he can win?” After His resurrection Stier suggests Jesus would have tweeted “ Showed Thomas my scars. He’s not doubting anymore.”
--Tweets For Jesus; http://championnewspaper.com/news/115tweets-for-jesus-115.mtml, October 28, 2009, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Romans 10:15-17 (NASB) “How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" (16) However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, "Lord, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?" (17) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”