Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The problem with twitter

I've not quite got into the Twitter thing, and I think I'm less likely to after hearing a short piece by American Christian speaker Shane Hipps. He makes the point that Twitter inheritantly simplifies things,  and he goes on to  distinguish between what he calls simplicity before complexity from simplicity after complexity. Got it?

Ok, he gives an example. If you go into a church and the very young worship pastor enthusiastically tells the congregation, 'God is good, all the time', you're not sure whether this is a mantra, a statement of faith or a testament from experience or what. It could well be that it is 'simplicity before complexity'. But if you also meet, in that same church, an 80 year old widow, who has been a Christian believer for much of her adult life, and she says to you, 'God is good, all the time', you perhaps take more notice. For as you hear her story of how God has sustained her though many trials, of personal sickness, the death of her husband, the death of her eldest son in an accident, and financial difficulties all her life, her  statement that God is good, all the time, carries so much more power. It is simplicity after complexity.

Twitter isn't all bad of course it just has its limitations. The ease with which I can tweet a sentence from say a great writer, ignores the fact that the writer in question may have agonised over every single word in that sentence. Real life is hard, tweeting is easy.
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