One night – at about 3:30AM, I woke up, and flipped and flopped for the rest of the night, not getting a wink of sleep before the busiest day of the week. I was thinking about what I will now refer to as the ridiculousness of Twitter . . .
My job – one that I was actually teaching others to do – is to lead God’s people in worship, and to lead a ministry full of people into a relationship with their Father and each other that partners with the congregation in worship every Sunday. It’s an awesome privilege to get to do so – and I do it at one of the best churches in the country.
At the opening of this conference – the main speaker mentioned some ground rules for the conference. One of the rules: no boasting. I thought “Hmm – that’s an interesting rule – especially at a church planters conference. I imagine that without that ‘rule’ in mind, the conversations between two planters could quickly become “my church grew from 2 to 2000 in 2 weeks, how’s YOURS doing.”
Good rule. But then I started thinking about the time that I was expending on social networking – like Twitter. Following, being followed – talking about what I’m doing . . . that’s just nuts. My job is to lead others in the mystery of the Gospel of Grace in WORSHIP – where our role is to DECREASE so He can INCREASE – and Twitter compels us to do the exact opposite.
There’s even a common practice now of “re-tweeting” something that someone “tweeted” about YOU, so everyone that follows YOU can see that the other “tweeter – tweeted!” Isn’t that the same as running into a crowded room and saying “HEY EVERYBODY! LOOK AT WHAT THIS GUY SAID ABOUT ME! IT’S AWESOME!”
I spent a week talking to church planters about the right and wrong direction when looking for a worship leader/pastor – the whole basis and theme of my talk was people first, music 2nd. My job – to bring people into an encounter with the God of Grace. No where does it call me to talk about how great I AM! I must decrease. He must increase . . .
Twitter – I’m done with you.