Social media users are tweeting as historical bible figures and there’s much to learn

An innocuous tweet has exploded most definitely beyond the original poster’s expectations. And while a global Twitter community is having a field day commenting under it and quoting it with an array of creative takes, others raise questions that are very familiar to a lot of people, myself included.

These questions are rooted in fear, but as the OP rightly tweeted in response to some of these fringe questions that push back against what they see as disrespecting the Bible, it is all a matter of how you approach your relationship with your faith.

The original tweet, which simply reads, “Tweet like someone in the Bible” was published at 2.2am today by UK based @itsNyaWan. It has since garnered over 15 thousand retweets and more than 16 thousand likes.

 

It is a fun engagement with the Bible that allows mostly Christian respondents to reimagine the stories of the Bible that form the core of their faith in a way that injects their private ruminations about the good book. Some of the respondents may not be Christian, but they are of Christian heritage. Many of this latter group only invest themselves in Christian related discourse that is specifically of this nature, because it is lighthearted banter that invokes healthy nostalgia. The alternative is revisiting unresolved trauma and facing difficult ideological crises they may never be able to resolve.

It makes sense therefore that this fringe resistance was faced by stronger resistance from Christians who perhaps rightly pointed out that there is no harm in this Twitter trend. Even against comparisons with the Islamic faith, which is an often wielded trope of conservative Christianity. For whom any interaction with religion outside tiptoeing deference feels like a kind of ‘disrespect,’ which their more pliant Christian brothers and sisters allow themselves and others to visit on the religion’s iconography and theological discourse, something they love to point out that Islam would not abide.

What a lot of this fear mongering fringe christian groups do not realise is the amount of yearning among Muslims, for the kind of interaction with faith that they enjoy and are able to safely kick against, which Muslims could never enjoy. The fear they envy, which they admire dewy eyed from their safe haven of a theology of love and salvation, is not something the Muslims who have to adhere to altogether enjoy. I know, because I am one.

It is easy to wish for a shoe when you don’t know where it pinches the hardest. But rather than wish for something as harmful as a theology of fear and submission, it seems more productive to simply bask in the knowledge that, if only over banter, at least for this one day, the Christian Twitterverse – especially that of Nigeria which often only trends over some embarrassing controversial take by one Pastor/General Overseer or other – has been brought together in a healthy camaraderie rooted in a disparate if shared religious experience.

Whether you are a Christian based in Kano or Ebonyi State, you are able to trade fun anecdotes with fellow Christians from any part of the world. Twist the story of Jonah into a hilarious joke of your making and in so doing bond over your faith beyond shared trauma. I think that is a pretty great thing.

Some of the tweets are pretty creative. Check them out!

 

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