Elizabeth Drescher…Tweet, Post, I don’t Care…Just Spread The Word

Elizabeth Drescher’s very new book Tweet If You Love (Heart) Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation (published within the past few months) takes a long hard look at what she seems to describe as a new reformation within the church.

When we as Protestants living in the 21st century recall our church history…which admittedly is something that not everyone is familiar with, so perhaps I should say when those of us who have studied church history…the word Reformation certainly strikes a chord. At least it should.

Quick, I say Reformation…what comes to mind? Martin Luther (I hope so). 95 theses (now you’re talking). Division of the Western church as we know it (yah baby). A complete revolution in the way we engage with issues of faith (ummm…what?) Whose occurrence can only be attributed to the invention/implementation of the printing press (okay…you lost me Scott).

If you are wondering just what the heck I’m talking about, I don’t blame you. Admittedly my brain makes some pretty weird connections sometimes. But bear with me for a second. Yes…the Protestant Reformation was the result of one man’s sheer audacity…yah I’ll say it…Luther had stones to stand up the Papacy the way he did although he also had the backing/protection of Frederick the Great. But one man’s ideas (or perhaps ideals) can only go so far in an age where reproduction of books and letters goes as fast…as…one…person…can…write…with…crappy…pens…dipped…in…ink…and…scratched…on…half…rotten…parchment.

Sorry, trying to prove a point with my typing there.

Without the printing press, Luther’s influence would have gone about a stone’s throw and Rome probably wouldn’t have even heard about it.

Now, what does all this have to do with Drescher’s book? Well, as the title suggests, we are in another reformation. This one has come about in much the same way, or in the very least is aimed in the same direction. New technology (and yes the printing press was the iPad of the 16th century) created for the sole purpose of sharing information. Look at it as broadly as you want. Email, the internet, social media, Wikipedia, text messages, smart phones, tablets, etc, etc, etc, etc (did I etc enough to cover all the bases?). The list goes on and on.

Drescher suggests that the use of social media/technology in the realm of spiritual matters may be viewed as a passing fad, though I don’t get the feeling that she actually believes it. Rather, I think she offers this potential train of thought as a complete 180 from her actual belief. This is the future…Star Trek, 2001, all those old movies and shows set in the future where information was stored centrally and was easily accessible…yah we’re there.

So what’s this mean? Well, I get a little fired up (clearly as I’ve gone on tangent after nerdy tangent here) is because the ability to share information and engage in community is something that drips with the Priesthood of all Believers.

That’s right…I just busted out some Luther on you. When Christ finds us and our lives are changed we are called to be priests for one another. We are called to offer a word of forgiveness to those afflicted by their sinfulness. Additionally, we are all called to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28…check it out).

In other words…spread the word y’all. And what better way to do it than through technology that can instantly spread your words in countless directions…that can go viral and be viewed by countless people around the world…that can create dialogue with someone on the other side of the planet and help to spread the good news of Christ.

Now, sorry I didn’t really review Dreacher’s book very well here…but as I read it, and admittedly it’s a pretty quick accessible read, this is what sparked off for me. How about you? Have you read it? What’d you think?

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