You, Me, Trump, and Twitter


This election has been crazy.

That’s an understatement. I, like most (if not all) Americans, am just ready for it all to be over. I have a feeling Wednesday will be a pretty depressing – albeit relieving – day.

But one interesting trend from this election is the power of social media – particularly the little thing known as Twitter.

I’m a big fan of Twitter. Though it is mainly used by politicians and celebrities, it can also be good for the average Joe who wants to keep up with the news. I appreciate the conciseness of the tweet limit, which encourages wit and proverbial thoughts.

But sometimes, it can get discouraging – and even downright dangerous. At least psychologically.

David French of National Review writes a stunning piece about the price he paid for opposing Trump. While I don’t want to get in to a discussion of the election (since I vowed in an earlier post to not mention it until Election Day), I do want to draw attention to this article.

Because it speaks to the power of Twitter this election cycle – for good occasionally. But most often for very, very bad.

We laughed when Nikki Haley retweeted at Trump’s denigrating tweet by saying, “Bless your heart.” We smiled at the banter between Hillary’s “Delete your account” and Reince Priebus’s “You would know about deleting, Hillary.” And we probably had a good joke with friends about Trump’s late night tweet firestorm at the “chockers” and “leightweights” of Cruz and Rubio.

But what about the tweets back to David French with a picture of his African-American adopted daughter in a gas chamber with a Nazi-like Trump pushing the red button? Or tweets claiming they had sex with his wife while he was serving our country in Iraq? What do we do about those?

Especially those that are tweeted from people on “our side.”

Don’t get me wrong – both sides contributed to this madness. But one side in particular has contributed an immense amount of vileness. They are called the alt-right.

Make no mistake: however you vote this election, you must stand against these people. It is not pro-life to tweet for Ben Shapiro to be made into a lampshade. Or tweets calling Democrats or media figures vile or sexist or racist names. Or even tweets saying we should “Lock her up.”

Brothers and sisters, we must not contribute one tweet to this horrid conversation.

As Paul said, we must walk (and tweet and retweet) wisely (Eph. 5:15).

This Wednesday may be a day of great temptation for Christians to tweet against our first woman president. Resist that urge. Submit to our new president, whoever she is.

And remember 1 Peter 3:16: “Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.”

Happy voting (or not voting)!