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Good Twitter, Bad Twitter

January 4, 2011

I am one of six people in the nation who can say that they have never tweeted. But, mostly, that is because I have a hard time figuring out any way that it would be a meaningful good in my life. (Don’t be tricked into thinking that I don’t have things in my life that fit into the same category – this blog bears me witness, I am not lying.)

Doug Wilson talks about Twitter and other things digital as kinds of wealth, and puts a good, healthy, postmillennial spin on them.

And so here is my central thesis: technology in all its forms is a type of wealth. The Bible contains no warnings about technology as such, but is crammed with warnings about the bias of wealth. Which way does wealth set us up? The Bible says that the wealthy are tempted to hubris, self-sufficiency, lack of concern for the poor, oppression, and the rest of that sorry lot. Wealth is a good thing, but it brings temptations. A lot of wealth is a lot of a good thing, but it brings with it a lot of temptations.

He goes on:

Jesus is the Word, and by His Incarnation He has sanctified the right use of words for all time. The Internet has given us a torrent of words — what else is new? And the fact that the torrent has increased so much should fill us with a sense of exhilaration. Our responsibility as people of the Word is to give ourselves to the study and practice of how all this can be used wisely.

Read the whole post here.

 

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2 Comments
  1. Oh, I like this…what a good way to put twitter, facebook, blogging, etc. in perspective.

  2. Very good article. Thank you for linking to it.
    I still think Facebook is the devil, though. Just for the record.

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