According to The Christian Post these are the top 10 Christian messages on Twitter in 2012.
10. Max Lucado – “On this Good Friday, envision the Savior on the cross, bloodied and cast in shadows. Listen as heaven whispers: For you, my child. For you.”
9. Colton Dixon (American Idol finalist) -“Someone loved you so much that he died for you. His name is Jesus.”
8. Joel Osteen -“God has you exactly where He wants you. Learn to be happy where you are, and God will take you where you want to be.”
7. Robert Griffen III (rookie quarteback for the Redskins) – “Couldn’t have written the beginning any better To God Be The Glory.”
6. Joyce Meyer – “God’s timing is perfect; He is never late. Even when things seem out of control God is still working and has a plan for your life.”
5. Gabrielle Douglas (olympic gold medalist in gymnastics) – “Thank you guys for everything! I am SO grateful God has truly blessed me! Remember to ALWAYS give him the glory for he is GREAT!”
4. Lecrae – “I’m not a Christian because I’m strong and have it all together. I’m a Christian because I’m weak and admit I need a Savior.”
3. Bubba Watson (golfer) – “To God Be the Glory!!! #Masters”
2. Rev. Run (some former rapper… who is this guy?) – “1 cross + 3 nails =4 given #ThankYouJesus!”
1. Tim Tebow – “Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, THANK GOD.”
Which tweets are your favorites?
Which tweets are biblical? Heretical?
I await your analysis and comments…
An observation- for tweets # 9 & 10, which are meant to be entreating, especially to nonbelievers.
I know we love the verse in John 4:19 “that we love Him, because He first loved us”, but it always seems to me that we are putting the focus on the receiver (the sinner), that’s it’s all about them- God loved ‘YOU’ so much that He gave His Son, when it should be the other way around:
our love for Him should be grounded in Him, for the excellency of His character (of who He is);
it should not be grounded in us.
I see this all the time, including on Facebook, as a way of entreating prodigals to repent by making them feel so important in the eyes of God. However, everything God does is for His own glory, so we should try to avoid of robbing Him of His glory, with our self centeredness.
As for #8 – whahh????? there’s so many things you could say about this, but I’ll say just this – is that not a big contradiction with Jesus’s & Paul’s instruction to PRAY ?
•“If you ask anything in My name…” (Jn. 14:14)
•“whatever you ask the Father in My name…” (Jn. 15:16)
•“pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
•“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”. (Col. 4:2)
•“Watch and pray” (Matthew 26:41)
•“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
what if someone applies that tweet to their spiritual life?
Twitter is challenging with its 140 character limit. And, all of these authors probably tweeted hundreds of messages last year, so it’s kind of more of a reflection on their audience, who helped trend them into the top 10 by retweeting their messages, than it is on the person writing it. People retweeted what they liked.
In that sense, it is good to see people helping to trend tweets from athletes that thank God for helping them with their performance, in other words ascribing the results of their abilities to God.
Lastly, Lecrae being in the top 10 means christian rap is either more mainstream than it was a year ago, or it may just mean that the generation following his rap music is all over social media, esp. twitter.
Great points you make. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to think the same thing on 9 and 10… the human is the center of the equation…
There have been many instances even in our youth conventions when you hear phrases like, Jesus came down for you because “you’re worth it…”
On Lecrae… homeboy is REFORMED… hard to believe. He is very theological, the guy absorbs every word that John Piper says and it shows in his rap.
On Osteen… lol 🙂
I am not really against christian rap music per se. I’ll admit I google pocaitii every once in a while to listen to their one song called ‘dezvaluiri’. I know the style is considered uncouth (badaran) by many romanians, but it is a kind of form of poetry. Interestingly if you listen to the ‘Spoken Word’ poetry sessions, those kind of feel like they have a rap feel to them. And, Lecrae is very theological sound, so I don’t really see what the big deal is with him and rapping. However, you will not believe how many people have declared “piper’ heretical for endorsing “a style of music”. Some young people do need to be shouted at in order to ‘hear’.
Here’s POCAITII – http://youtu.be/qXlCzQG-jgI
don’t see anything wrong with them (from an outside perspective of course, as I don’t know, but, from their testimony when they became christians they seem sincere).
Worst one is nr. 8 – typical heresy I would expect from a motivational speaker.
Sad there’s not a single quote of Scripture ( perhaps with the exception of nr. 3- probably my favorite of the group ) nor even a quote of someone like Ravenhill, Tozer, Spurgeon…etc.
Who’s Tim Tae bo? 🙂 🙂
I agree 8 is the worst… its actually a toss up between 8 and “Listen as heaven whispers: For you, my child. For you.”
“Tibow” fixed, thx! 🙂
#6…when God had big plans for someone…that someone didn’t have it easy…at least in the eyes of men..
I know God did not plan to go against his Own Written Word just to make a plan that had Joyce Meyer be a …pastor
And I am sure God did not have a (jet) PLANe in anybody’s future….specially when the PLANe included money taken from the offering box..