On Twitter, there are some accounts which randomly fave Tweets. When you see the notification, the account name is simply “See why I faved you.” There is a link in the profile to a website that is basically giving a gospel message. To the people who own these accounts, I want to say:
Please, please, please, please stop it.
Don’t misunderstand that I am against evangelism. Look at my other blog posts and podcasts, and you’ll see I’m all for winning the lost and speaking truth in love, even if someone is violently opposed to the truth. I’m all for being a witness, even if it’s on social media. I’m not one of those “Let’s pretend there’s peace between God and those who oppose Him” people.
However, these things are just annoying. For one, there’s nothing personal about them. It’s just “Hey, look at this!” Some people criticize handing out tracts as impersonal, but at least with tracts you’re engaging in a person one on one, and speaking with them. For another, I get the feeling there is no rhyme or reason with the faving, and some of these accounts may involve the use of bots or third party programs. Heck, my Twitter account has received them – I’m already a Christian, people! You don’t need to win my soul, God has already done that for me. In the end, this trend is really just a Christian version of automated Twitter messages.
This isn’t being a witness for God, it’s just being annoying.
Granted, I understand this is the internet. You can’t control what people do. I don’t expect there to be a sudden drop in these things simply because I wrote this one blog post. Consider this post as nothing more than a rant and a call for reason. If you want to witness to people on social media, do it by presenting the Gospel as best is possible in whatever outlet you are using. However, do it in a way that doesn’t make the other person feel like they are Bot Victim #241. Thank you.