Using hashtags to bring Scripture into community
Today I want to talk about how we can use Twitter hashtags as a way of fulfilling Paul’s command to let the “word of Christ richly dwell within” us as a community.
Many of us are reading through the Bible together in one year (You can get all relevant information, including the one year pamphlet PDF here, and we’re excited about it! What may seem disconnected is the “together” aspect of reading through the Bible. Obviously, we’re in different parts of California, and, well…I’m not coming over to your living room every morning to go through a minor prophet.
But in an age where technology allows people all over the world to be unified on current events as diverse as the Occupy Wall Street movement to the downfall of a regime, why not use (redeem?) the same technology to unify each other in the living word of God? What if I didn’t have to come over to your living room for a Bible study, yet we had access to each others devotional insights and well as theological quandaries?
Twitter hashtags allow scattered people to converse with one another.
Try it for yourself. Do a Twitter search on a niche hashtag like #Millennials.
What popped up? An endless list of content regarding Millennials! People all over the world are pumping out blog posts, articles, and Retweets about 18-30 year olds, and they “brand” their content with the hashtag #Millennials. That means anyone who searches for that hashtag will pull up a stream of that content.
Imagine reading through the Bible together while creating a collaborative environment for it on Twitter.
This would mean that a continual stream of Scriptural content would be produced by THIS community of people for THIS community of people! (depending on how many people chose to give it a shot)
How do we start?
All of us begin to tweet questions, insights, or quotes about our daily readings, while include the hashtag “#1YearBible” at the end of the tweet. Check out what it already looks like by clicking on the stream here.
What do you think? Want to experience the Word together? Absolutely I do.