February 22nd, 2009 15:14 EST
Church Of England Jumps On Twitter Bandwagon
"The Church of England is embracing the latest technology as it urges the online community to mark Lent with `simple acts of generosity and thoughtfulness in the real world`.
Church leaders will use the social networking site Twitter and a new Facebook application to encourage people to share their top tips for helping each other.
Suggested acts of kindness will include donating unwanted clothes and toys to a charity shop, writing to an MP about a global poverty issue, or giving away a home-made gift." The Press Association
I echo the call of the Church of England in urging the online community to perform simple acts of kindness in the real world. I am in front of a computer for eight hours at work, and when I come home I`ll put in another four or five hours online. It`s easy to forget that there`s a real world out there, with real people who have real needs.
But people don`t have needs only during the season of Lent, throughout the year we should strive to be a blessing to others. Being a decent person isn`t a part-time job, it`s a full-time ministry.
Thoughtfulness ia a precious commodity in the real world, but it`s also lacking in the online community. There is a surfeit of ugliness and profanity in cyber space, we need to perform random acts of kindness online. I`m often flooded with obscene email after posting an article on a controversial subject like abortion. It would be nice if someone performed a random act of kindness and sent me a positive letter.
But if you can`t force yourself to be nice to me, do something good for a stranger online. Tell someone you don`t know that you really like the layout of his MySpace page, or that you really got a lot of his blog.
We need to be more considerate of each other, both in the real world and online.