Social Media Christ

Have you ever wondered what the Bible would be like if Jesus used social media? Perhaps something like this?

What do you think?

What would you add?

🙂

Blocking Blockheads

 

One of the questions I’ve been asked on several occasions is:

“What’s your personal policy on blocking people?”

Ah, good ol’ blocking. It’s like the ultimate insult on social media. It says, “Not only do I not want to be connected to you but I don’t want you to see, hear, or be a part of anything that has to do with me. EVER.”

Blocking

Let me answer the question in three parts.

1. Yes, I do block people. There are times when I simply don’t want people to have access to me or my timeline. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a wild man when it comes to blocking. I rarely block anyone. Still, there are times…. I also understand that I am going to be blocked by others. It happens.

2. So what criteria do I use for blocking accounts?

~ Spam accounts get blocked as soon as I see them. I don’t care about my follower count dropping – if you’re trying to sell followers or products chances are I’m gonna block you if I see it.

~ People who are jerks. This category is obviously subjective, but it’s my account so I get to set my own rules. If you engage with me and are rude, discourteous, or aggressively abrasive right off the bat, don’t be surprised if you find yourself blocked. There is another group within the jerk category: people who think they are being funny/jokers but just come off as being rude. I like teasing people. I like being teased. But here’s the thing: permission to tease people usually comes with having some semblance of a relationship (even if it’s a digital relationship). There are a handful of people on social media that I welcome teasing from because of the friendship we have developed. If you just meet me and launch into teasing or making fun of me you’re gonna shut me down pretty quickly. So a word of advice: take time to develop rapport with people before you rip into them.

3. Finally, remember that your social media account is just that – YOURS! Follow whomever you will. Block whomever you will. Don’t feel bad about the way you run your account. Because people get tweaked about getting blocked they might complain publicly. WHO CARES?!? In the words of the inestimable Elsa, Queen of Arendelle:

Let It Go

How about you? What is your criteria for blocking people?

Roasting @TheBitterPastor

The Bitter Pastor

I don’t think anyone has ever talked to me about it, but I believe in Twitter classes. That is to say, you’ll see groups of Twitterers start roughly the same time. The Bitter Pastor and I were part of the same class.

I don’t know exactly how or why but somehow we connected on Twitter. There was a sort of camaraderie between us, and there were several parts of our lives that were similar to each other. He was the first Anon on Twitter that I ever talked to in real life. All said and done, we clicked.

We also had similar goals on Twitter: to take a bunch of unconnected, Xian Anon accounts (that’s many of you good folks reading) and connect them together as part of a cohesive online community. I started it with a 12-month Anon Calendar and branched into a monthly e-zine written by Anon authors.

Then I got a DM that said, “I want to run an idea by you – give me a call when you have a chance.”

Thus was born @TheAnonChurch.

This was our medium for connecting the thousands of Xian Anons on Twitter. We pulled in writers to blog with us. We launched the Twitter account to highlight and retweet Xian Anons both famous and infamous.

But times change, and now my friend is removing himself as one of the administrators of @TheAnonChurch (or TAC, as we like to call it).

After he announced his leaving, @pastorswife2020 sent me a DM and said, “We should send him off with a roast or something!” Naturally, I was ALL over that idea.

So tonight we roasted my very good friend. Here’s to you, bud!

At the end of the day, I will miss my friend’s participation in TAC. He was a grand co-conspirator, even if he was always a little bitter!



Help, I’m an #Egomaniac!

As promised, here’s the blog about the Egomaniac hashtag game we played last night.

Truth be told, I got the idea from a NY Times op-ed piece I read about happiness. The author wrote:

Today, each of us can build a personal little fan base, thanks to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the like. We can broadcast the details of our lives to friends and strangers in an astonishingly efficient way. That’s good for staying in touch with friends, but it also puts a minor form of fame-seeking within each person’s reach. And several studies show that it can make us unhappy.

We each become little egomaniacs tweeting and posting about our lives and caring more about our own content than about anything else. So I had an idea…

From there it seemed everyone had an opinion about egomaniacs 😉

And we’ll close with…

There were many more – too many to recount. But there’s a little ego monster in us all that cares about faves and retweets. We all want our voices to be heard. The problem comes when that little ego monster becomes the driving force in our lives. As the author of the op-ed piece pointed out, pursuing that doesn’t actually bring happiness, but brings unhappiness. So enjoy your time on social media, but remember:

IT’S JUST TWITTER. 😉

Twitter Break Ups – Don’t Stalk Me, Bro!

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After a public disagreement with a follower last week I was SHOCKINGLY unfollowed. I made a final remark about how it was unfortunate that this person couldn’t disagree without unfollowing. The snappy comeback was, “It’s not you, it’s me.”

I didn’t know we were still using that cliché, but okay. I was tickled and laughed about it. So I asked some friends to help me come up with some great Twitter Break Up lines. Here’s some of what we came up with:

Sure, it’s your Twitter account. Do what you want. Follow and unfollow and your discretion. But if you give a stupid reason for it you will be mocked.

😉

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I Love You I Hate You I Block You

Twitter PenPals

Twitter PenPals

Spend any time on Twitter and you’ll see this crazy relationship cycle. The elongated version goes like this:

–          I discover you

–          I love you

–          I follow you

–          I hate you

–          I unfollow you

–          I block you

Now I’m sure that people who don’t use Twitter to interact don’t ever notice this cycle. It’s true, some use Twitter only as a platform for their message – they don’t care to interact with others (that’s a shame, but that’s a topic for another day).

Those of us who DO interact with others have, at some point, experienced this relationship cycle. The problem is that Twitter is training us to be me-centered in our relationships rather than working on developing genuine relationships.

Hear me out – I’m not nuts.

Twitter is very user-centered. We follow people based on what we get out of their account (laughter, inspiration, etc.). But it’s really not about them. It’s still about us. As soon as we are no longer laughing or inspired (or simply grow tired of their shtick) we unfollow and move on.

That’s cool. This post really isn’t about complaining about losing followers. What I DO get frustrated and confused by is when followers interact with a Tweeter and begin to develop a rapport then, because of offense or some other reason, the follower says, “I’m done with you.”

And it happens once the honeymoon period wears off.

Following and being followed create a false sense of intimacy. We feel like we know and are known by others. But it’s a superficial knowing. You know what I want you to see about me. I know what you want me to see about you. It’s a façade.

As a Chaplain in the Army Reserve I have taught a lot of Singles Retreats for Soldiers. One of the primary points I try to teach them is that it takes 3 months of dating someone before the masks really come down and you see the person as they truly are.

We too often jump into things too quickly. Like The Doors sang: Hello, I love you – won’t you tell me your name?

But the initial infatuation with people ends. The honeymoon period wears off. It’s at THAT point that we can genuinely start knowing and being known. On Twitter, once that honeymoon period is over we tend to call it quits.

Unless we’re intentional about building relationships with others.

Real Life Twitter Example:

One of the people I clicked with immediately on Twitter was @chattytamster. We seemed to mesh well and have many similar views on faith, politics, etc. But then came the day when we found we had a stark contrast in one of our views. She publicly (but politely) disagreed with me. And I with her. Sides were taken. It got tense because here we are as pen-pals having a public disagreement. I’ve been in that situation with people I didn’t mesh well with and those situations ended in being unfollowed.

Not this time.

In spite of the weirdness that comes when superficially (Social Media) connected people argue, Tamster and I talked about our differences and decided to be friends anyway. In the process of talking through the disagreement and talking honestly about the tension the weight of the tension has been lifted and I feel like the connection is stronger because of the process.

Relationship guru Dr. John Van Epp talks about how really knowing someone can be visualized as a mathematical formula:

I = T + T + T.

Intimacy = Talk (self-disclosure) + Togetherness (experiences) + Time

This can even happen on Twitter. I know people who met through Twitter who have exchanged addresses and phone numbers. Twitter has become a place where I actually get to do ministry. I’ve talked to people about prayer requests, family problems, and personal needs and concerns. What an amazing tool, and I’m just a flippant Anon account.

I know this post won’t change Twitter. I have no desire to “win back” people who have unfollowed me. But for the rest of us, we can have a little bit of insight and wisdom in knowing that the people we follow are real people, faults and all. You will be disappointed. You might occasionally be offended. But heck – you’ll experience that in real life, too.

The façade drops and the honeymoon period will end.

How will you respond?


My 4000th Tweet – a Blog Post…

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I have a lot of fun on Twitter. The community of Anons and Familiars has been a great place to interact with people make new friends. As I was coming up on my 4000th tweet I thought I’d have a little fun and ask people for suggestions on what I should tweet about.

There was the usual snark and teasing that is normal from this community, but I ended up with 8 suggestions. Rather than trying to pick one to write a limited tweet about, I thought I’d write a blog post and address them all!

So…in the order they came in, this is what some in the community came up with….

Doctor Super Donna ‏@DonnaGeee said, “Duh – me of course.”

Donna is a sweet lady who has a mission in Twitter life to greet people each day with a picture greeting. Hey, Donna, this is your shout out! 😉

Daniel Nazaruk ‏@sirpianoguy said, “KJV 1611 all the way baby!”

No, Daniel, not all the way! For those of you who don’t know by now, I’m not a KJV-lovin’ man. This is for two reasons.

1) I believe the Bible most effective for people is one they can understand. This was part of Martin Luther’s whole point in bringing the Bible into the common man’s language! If the Bible is unintelligible to people then it is no good. The English used in the KJV is fast becoming a dead language. Some words are completely out of use. Some words have completely shifted meaning. How is that a useful tool for understanding God’s revelation to us (especially since the original Bible was in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek anyway)?

2) I have a textual issue with the KJV. I am in the camp that believes the Textus Receptus is the inferior text type. I prefer the eclectic text represented by the Nestle-Aland or UBS Bibles (my graduate work was in Biblical Studies so if this is a little much information just message me and I’ll be happy to explain any of this).

SBC Calvinist ‏@SBC_Calvinist said, “obscurity.”

The state of being unknown. That’s the Anon world! I’m not gonna say too much on this at the moment. I’m in the middle of editing the first edition of a e-journal. Several Anons are getting together and submitting pieces for this monthly journal. The theme of Vol. 1 Issue 1 is ANONYMITY. Keep an eye out for it, it should come out in about 2-3 weeks.

Kit ‏@LaineyTurc said, “How about marital sacrifice?”

This is actually a joke. Lainey and I have had conversations about love and sacrifice in marriage. I believe that a sacrificial mentality is needed in marriage. She says that it’s never a sacrifice to do things for the one you love.

But human nature is selfish. We typically look out for our own interests before looking to the interests of others. But Xianity throws that natural order into chaos and says, “Consider others more important than yourself. Look to others’ needs before your own.” In a sense, this is the heart of sacrifice. We give up our own sense of priority for the well-being of others. If a marriage is to go the distance, both partners need to embrace this attitude.

Sandi Tutolo ‏@CatBirds72 said, “Creation vs evolution.”

I won’t say too much on this one because I’ve scheduled a blog post for tomorrow about this topic. Let’s just say that I believe that God is the creative force behind the cosmos but I’m not willing to put him in a box and say he HAD to do it one particular way. And I’m pretty sure I’ll be worshipping Jesus in heaven alongside of some evolutionists…

SBC Calvinist ‏@SBC_Calvinist said, “Paper vs plastic.”

Plastic.

SBC Calvinist ‏@SBC_Calvinist said, “Dental hygiene.”

Dear world, please brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly. Your teeth will thank you. People you talk to will thank you.

SuperMomWebb ‏@JoyFilledMom said, “How to raise children in The Lord (or things that one shouldn’t do).”

This is tough because, no matter what we do as parents, our kids are always going to choose their own path. Sometimes that will lead them away from faith. That is heartbreaking. While we can’t choose faith for them, we CAN give them a solid foundation of faith. The Shema in Deut. 6 is right on:

4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

On top of this, however, is an important concept called modeling. It doesn’t matter what we say to our kids – our behavior says it louder. Don’t talk about the Bible with them. Live it out. Let them see it daily. That’s the best chance we have of making a lasting spiritual impact in the lofe of ANYONE, whether it be our neighbors, coworkers, or kids.

So there it is. My 4000th tweet. Thank you all for playing.

We’ll have to do this again some time soon 