When preparing to write this article, and reflecting on what I would write about, I did some research on the book of Deuteronomy. I found something very interesting.
The whole book covers 70 days – the last 70 days of Moses life.
And even more, 30 days of these 70 are covered in one sentence.
Most of the 34 chapters cover the words of Moses in the last 30 days of his life. Bearing in mind the gospel of Luke covers the whole of Jesus life in 24 chapters, and you have an idea of how much information is in this book.
At Big Bible we often talk about the relationship between faith and social media, and this very fact about so little time being taken up in so many words in the Deuteronomy, reminded me of Twitter. Indeed, all social media.
There is so much information which comes through social media now. In 2012 the average number of total tweets per day was 400 million. That’s 40 million multiplied by 140 characters – a lot of words, a lot of information.
And so much of it is utter toilet.
I mean, how much of what we see on social media is actually worth our time? There are links to blogs whose only purpose is to moan about other people rather than say anything constructive.
Justin Beiber tweeting about what he’s up to that day.
Footballers moaning about one thing or another.
Many people writing rude and insulting comments about other people.
So much of what we see on social media isn’t worth our precious time or energy.
Without doubt, there is a lot of great information out there. Words of wisdom, links to blogs and resources which can challenge and transform us – like this one – and encouraging words from people from the other side of the globe.
Social media is an awesome tool when used correctly. But so often it’s abused.
Yet, all 400 million tweets probably couldn’t produce the wisdom of scripture. The wisdom of God. He manages to get this wisdom into 66 books, written over hundreds of years.
Moses talks in Deuteronomy 4, about not bowing down to other idols. And often we make social media an idol.
How often do you often find yourself almost feeling obliged to look your Facebook notifications? Or feel guilty for not looking at any. Or ignoring mentions on Twitter? I feel this a lot. And to be honest, it exasperates me. I feel a sense of obligation to look at most of the notifications (as Facebook say it will turn them off if I don’t).
I can’t do it anymore. Social media isn’t the most important thing in the world. Yes, there is a lot of information there, which can be useful. And it’s great to connect to others.
But the 400 million tweets per day just don’t match the wisdom of God. No tweet I’ve read in my 6 years on Twitter has ever quite matched the wisdom you can find in one line of scripture.
So lets keep Tweeting. Keep interacting on social media. Let’s carry on finding great resources and sharing them. And let’s create some great work which can serve others, and tell people about it. Let’s make sure our words are worth hearing.
But at the same time, let us make sure we don’t forget what’s truly important.
Because without scripture, and ultimately, without God, all the tweets in the world don’t mean a thing.
And all wisdom worth hearing, wherever and from whoever we hear it, is birthed in Him.