I came across this article (thanks to @ScottWilliams) on twitter yesterday. You can read it for yourself, but it seems as though President Obama sent a tweet, or at least had a tweet scheduled to send, during the prayer service before yesterday’s inauguration. The White House denies that Obama actually sent the tweet while in church, but I think it would’ve been fine if he had.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with tweeting in church. In fact, sometimes, I think it’s down right appropriate.
Here are 3 reasons you should tweet in church…
1. It helps you engage.
If I have it in the back of my mind that I may tweet a line from the sermon, I listen better. Kinda like taking notes in class always made me pay more attention to the teacher, sending tweets in church makes me listen and digest the sermon better too. I love tweeting one liners, so I’m always listening for them. I listen for those golden 140 character or less moments. I’m listening in between those too.
2. It ‘invites’ your followers to your church.
Good tweets from church practically sends a 140 character advertisement to everyone that follows you. Sure, many of those are too far away to actually come sit with you in church, but not all. My church streams services live. My tweeting quotes from the sermon or about the Spirit moving in my church may help someone else connect to my church online. Tweet often. It’s good publicity (yes, I can say that about a church) for your local body.
3. It inspires others.
I’m often inspired by quotes from a sermon that the people I’m following on twitter send out. In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about twitter as a whole. I get a pretty constant feed of inspiration, spiritual, and encouraging commentary. Tweet out those great points. Tweet out those one liners. As long as your phone is on silent, tweet out the scripture. Just share it. Inspire us.
Those are my 3. Have any to add? Any comments about why you shouldn’t tweet in church? Fire away.