Rev. Otis Moss III, goes by the twitter user name @om3 and has thousands of followers. He encourages them to embrace the next wave of technology, sometimes even during church service.
An article in the Chicago Tribune explains the trend.
“You don’t have to fear the technology. We can embrace it,” he said. “There was a time in the church when the Gutenberg Bible was introduced. There was a severe concern among ministers who were afraid the printed page would be such a distraction if you put it in the hands of people in worship. There was a fear that noises from the pages would distract from the service. …
“Technology is not the message. It’s only the method to enhance the delivery of the message.”
Some Sundays, Moss, 41, might even check his Twitter stream from the sanctuary and do a little virtual jesting with his congregation.
“They don’t know I’m checking Twitter,” he said. “I’ll tweet back and say, ‘Are you tweeting in services?'”
Though he doesn’t hesitate to call out people whose thumbs are moving so quickly it’s clear they’re texting instead of paying attention, Moss says there have been instances when he has told people to engage in social media during the service.
The trend got me thinking. Is Twitter as important as the printing press? Probably not Twitter by itself, but perhaps an argument could be made for the combination of social media and mobile devices.
Could you boil down the entire Bible in 140 characters or less? Here’s my attempt.
@om3 Poof! universe. 2 PPL tricked by talking snake, incest NOT evolution, flood kills world, incest, 10 rules, god commits suicide, zombie!
Your turn! (I’m @RckBeyondBelief if you want to follow me.) Send mine, or come up with your own ‘bible tweet’. Leave yours in the comment section. Would we want a hashtag too? Might take up ‘valuable’ space… we’ll see.