I don’t like to write negative articles. I would much rather write about something that has encouraged me or moved me for a positive reason. But this morning I am disappointed. The exhausted, shake-your-head kind of disappointed. As I write this article, Easter Sunday is three days away – and Twitter knows it. The most common topic that is being discussed by Twitter’s 288 million users right now is “things Jesus never said.” Curious as to what almost 5% of the world’s population might have to say about the words of Jesus, I clicked on the trending topic to read the posts. Bad idea.
The things that I read, the pictures that I saw; they weren’t what I wanted to find. I did see a few genuine posts saying things like “there isn’t enough hate in the world #thingsJesusneversaid,” but each positive post is countered by at least ten blasphemous, hate-filled, sarcastic, apathetic, misrepresenting posts. There are pictures of Jesus on the cross with jokes about His crucifixion plastered over His bleeding body. There are jokes about the horrible, filthy language that certainly never would have come out of the mouth of the Christ. Thousands of people are mocking our Savior right now in the most public forum. More still are misrepresenting the teachings of our Savior regarding popular issues (i.e. homosexuality, race, and others). All of this is being done in front of 288 million people.
We have to do something. How many spiritually confused people do you think are reading these senseless posts right now? There are people out there convincing themselves not to believe in Christ based on the overwhelming amount of garbage that they are reading about the teachings of our Lord! We have to do something. If you have a Twitter account, I encourage you to sign in and post something that accurately depicts the teachings of Jesus. Let’s take this opportunity to be the salt of the earth, to be the light of the world!
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)