WWJT – What Would Jesus Tweet?

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

At the end of a recent media interview that focused on my use of Twitter – which has sometimes been controversial I guess – the reporter asked me, “If Jesus were still on earth, do you think he would tweet?”
It’s an interesting question, one I’ve been thinking about since the interview. And while it’s difficult to answer hypothetical questions, it’s sort of fun to think about what Jesus would tweet. And I think we find some clues about that in the Gospels, where the sayings of Jesus, sometimes very pithy and tweet-like, are recorded. So, if Jesus were tweeting today perhaps it would look something like this:
Jesus would tweet to reveal his identity and mission: “I am the way, the truth and the life . . . The Father and I are one . . . I am the Good Shepherd . . . I have come that they might have life and have it to the full . . . I am the bread of life . . . I am the resurrection and the life . . .”
Jesus would tweet to call his followers to repent of their sins: “Repent and believe in the Gospel . . . Go and sin no more . . . I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish . . . I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance . . .”
Jesus would tweet to urge his followers to love one another: “Love one another as I have loved you . . . Do unto others whatever you would have them do unto you . . . Whatsoever you did for one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me . . . Be merciful just as your Father is merciful . . . Sell your possessions and give to the poor . . .”
Jesus would tweet to offer consolation and hope to his disciples: “Your heavenly Father knows what you need; do not worry about tomorrow . . . Behold I am with you always . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled . . . Peace I leave you, my peace is my gift to you . . . Behold, I am with you always . . .”
So, back to the original question: What would Jesus tweet? We can’t really know for sure, but it’s certainly interesting to consider.
Something to think about: Always listen to Jesus. Follow him. Don’t block him. Don’t mute him.