Sometimes it may be difficult to make the words of the Bible, penned thousands of years ago, relevant to today’s younger generation. The Bible remains practical however for many who make a study of it – giving sensible guidance on marriage, family life, raising children, materialism and a host of other topics.
For one Bishop however, the words written under inspiration alone are not enough, reports MSN Now on Sept 26. Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is attempting to relate the tweeting world of young, techno-savvy social media users with the King of Kings, calling Christ the first “tweeter.”
Jesus “used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters and less, like ‘Love one another,’” Cardinal Ravasi said, adding that Jesus’ statements were “brief and full of meaning.”
Ravasi said Jesus’s words were “a bit like in television today; he delivered a message through a story or a symbol.”
Pope Francis himself has more than three million followers on Twitter page, and Ravasi says all clergymen must comes to terms with the way the modern world now chooses to communicate.
“If a cleric, a pastor is not interested in communication, they are defying their duty,” Ravasi said.
MSN Now commented on Ravasi’s small “mis-tweet” about the number of characters allowed:
“Fair enough, but it’s 140 characters or less, and Ravasi might want to spend a few minutes on Twitter before deciding to associate Jesus with hashtags and selfies.”