Ted Olsen‘s piece on CT’s liveblog inspired this question. He offered two separate ‘tweets’ from Rob Bell regarding the latter’s understanding of the gospel: one is a cheat tweet (more than 140 characters long) and the other is a retweet:
I would say that history is headed somewhere. The thousands of little ways in which you are tempted to believe that hope might actually be a legitimate response to the insanity of the world actually can be trusted. And the Christian story is that a tomb is empty, and a movement has actually begun that has been present in a sense all along in creation. And all those times when your cynicism was at odds with an impulse within you that said that this little thing might be about something bigger—those tiny little slivers may in fact be connected to something really, really big.
Here’s Rob Bell’s ‘retweet’:
The gospel is the counterintuitive, joyous, exuberant news that Jesus has brought the unending, limitless, stunning love of God to even us.
I do not have a Twitter account—I can barely cope on Facebook—but I might tweet something along the lines of:
The gospel is the announcement that the Kingdom of God has been inaugurated in Jesus Christ through His Life, Death, Burial and Resurrection and all who will repent of their own godship, embrace His Lordship and live by the faith of the Son of God will become bona fide children of God and inherit eternal life.
I would love to add Rob Bell’s words “exuberant” and “joyous” in there too, probably before “eternal life”. His retweet kind of leaves it open-ended, like a good story without a proper wrap-up. I mean, who wants the Wizard of Oz to end before Dorothy gets back to Kansas, or the Prince never finding Cinderella‘s foot?
How would you tweet it?