Michael is happy because he just ate a honey chili chicken. Michael is sad because Liverpool just lost to Wigan Athletic. It’s all about the status update. Social networking revolves around the regular update of our status so that nosey people in our network can be aware of what we’re doing and how it’s impacting us emotionally. It also fuels our own appetite for fame as we broadcast ourselves online to anyone who might be interested. We can update our status a gazillion times a day and reveal to others our ‘state’
I’ve recently discovered that the Bible also has ‘status’ as a main theme. Whether it’s the story of the Tower of Babel where the people wanted to ‘make a name for themselves’ or whether it’s Jesus who ‘did not consider equality with God something to be grasped and took on the nature of a servant‘ I’m seeing status in many many passages as I read through scripture. The prophet called Jonah and the evil city of Nineveh outwardly had radically different ways of living but inwardly their status was the same ‘rebellious and in need of rescue.’ The older brother and the prodigal son outwardly lived life in seemingly opposing ways but inwardly their status was the same ‘I’ll do whatever it takes to get the father’s stuff’. Paul the apostle says that his status is unchanging no matter what is going on outwardly.
And the writer to the Hebrews tells us that …
It seems to me that that when it comes to social networking the Bible is far from silent and actually provides us with loads of teaching on how Christians should think about their status. I believe that the underlying principle of scripture is that it matters little to God what you ‘say’ your status is or what you outwardly portray your status to be. What counts is inside because..
So what would Jesus twitter? the best answer to this question came from a pupil in an RE Lesson I was taking last week..