Ray Ortland Got Off Twitter, Should You?

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Why I got out of Twitter - Ray Ortland

"This is personal. I’m not criticizing anyone else. For some, Twitter might even be a necessity. But I’m out. Reluctantly, because it is possible to do some good on Twitter. But still, I’m out.

Why? I’ll make it brief.

My outlook on Twitter is influenced by these Scriptures:

“Give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all” (Romans 12:17). Publicly obvious honor requires careful thought.

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone” (Philippians 4:5). Christians should stand out for being reasonable people in this world of screaming rage.

“The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). Our moral fervor feels oh-so-good, but it is immoral and destroys righteousness.

“Let all things be done for building up” (1 Corinthians 14:26). “All things” includes every tweet. Every single one.

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11). A thought that often occurs to me: “Ray, shut up.”

“As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you” (Matthew 10:12-13). Some people will never be satisfied, because they are unsatisfiable. When I find that to be so, the Lord counsels me to stop trying and, with sorrow, to turn away, allowing my peace to return to me.

Within the framework of these and other Scriptures, three considerations weigh on me:

One, the good that can be accomplished on Twitter can also be accomplished, and far more fruitfully, in real life.

Scrolling Twitter is an intense experience. But its intensity can fool us. It feels more real than it is. And the emotional demand claims too much. Twitter betrays the involvement it lures us into. We end up diminished, even injured, over and over again. For years, my own cost/benefit calculation kept tipping in favor of the benefits. I no longer see it that way.

Two, I am grieved by the behavior of Christians on Twitter..." from the article: Why I got out of Twitter

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