|How fake is your Twitter? Photo from deviantart.com by Khrisna Putera|
Twitter? Absolutely. Your blog, too. Emails? Yes. Facebook? Most definitely. MySpace (if you still have one)? Yep. Google+ (if you still care)? Sure. Even your daily conversations are more than likely fake. I know most of mine are.
While there are people out there who falsely register twitter accounts under celebrity names, the more pressing and prevalent issue is people presenting a false persona to all their twitter followers, blog readers and Facebook friends.
When I twitter, blog or update any of my social media statuses, I selectively edit what I want to say. Sure, I may say that I’m having a bad day, but I won’t tell you that I said something stupid to my wife or that was overly angry with my two boys.
Modern technology gives us the opportunity to show the world what a genuine follower of Christ looks like during everyday life. We can show them that we don’t think we are perfect. We are not trying to be holier-than-thou. We do make mistakes, but our goal is to learn from those mistakes and become more like Jesus every day.
For most Christians we try to give off the impression that we have everything together. We blog about our favorite Bible verse. We twitter inspiration thoughts. We promote great causes on our Facebook pages. When anyone asks how we are doing, we respond with a superficial, “Great” or a hypocritical “Blessed.” We have the plastic smile on our face to match all our mannequin church friends.
Authenticity is a cherished commodity these days and is one that the church unfortunately lacks. To get it back, we need brave followers of Christ to rip off the facade and become transparent with those around us in the real and virtual world.
Here’s my own proposal. Why don’t we let everyone know one area where we are struggling and working to improve? This is not a “brag about our sin” time. This is an honest confession and repentance time.
Why do we not share some of stumbles with the world? Let them know that Christians are real, honest people who are forgiven and seeking to be more like Christ. Could we give even give it a hashtag? What if the world saw #HonestStruggles trending on Twitter?
While I may not always succeed, I would like to make sure my own little corner of the Twitter world is not as fake as the 57 different Britney Spears accounts.