The good thing about being a blogger is that there is the vibrancy, immediacy, and energy in the act of posting. It’s like jumping into a lively conversation, with my attention being drawn in and then distracted by the next shiny object. On Twitter raw emotional responses are ephemeral, like the quick flicker of match light. Other times a thought catches on fire and spreads around the globe.
The wonderful thing about social media is that it allows us to organize for quick and nimble action, especially when we have a longing for justice that has burned for years and it finally finds voice in our larger culture.
The difficult thing about social media is revealed in times like this. We can jump into the noise, spewing our thoughts without much consideration or editing. We lack communities to challenge us, until the match is lit.
One week after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, there seems to be so many failures in the ways that our theology is playing out in the public sphere. And while a quick response, blog posts, sound bytes and tweets are important in this moment, as they emerge from varying political and evangelistic agendas, they also expose some of Christianity's devastating aspects. It is a reminder that we will also need to keep wrestling in the years to come for deeper changes in our theology and narratives that structure our lives together. In light of the atrocity, I've been struggling with these aspects of our tradition.
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