How To Make a Difference in 140 Characters or Less
- By Alliance Defending Freedom
- Posted Sep 2, 2014
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By Joshua Tijerina, VP of Digital Communication
Last week I got the following tweet:
To which I replied:
But, he brings up a good point. If we are to transform culture, then we need to get the message out.
“One word of truth outweighs the world.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn might have been surprised to learn just how prophetic his words would become. In a social mediated world governed by the expediency of communication, the struggle for truth is often played out in 140 characters or less.
Take for example, the rise of ISIS through its terrorist propaganda. Their rapid expansion has in part been fueled by Twitter, a platform they’ve tactfully used to recruit supporters in their murderous cause.
To combat their efforts, the U.S. Department of State has responded with the Think Again, Turn Away Twitter account, designed to reveal the awful truths of ISIS to those on the fence about joining their ranks.
In his day, Solzhenitsyn was a voice that exposed the inhuman practices of the Soviet Union. His seminal work, The Gulag Archipelago, became a cultural catalyst in bringing down the communist system.
Solzhenitsyn understood what far too many dismiss: words matter.
The potency of language has always played a crucial role in shaping history, for good or evil. Whether a speech, novel, or Twitterfeed; whether lengthy or succinct, your words matter.
The internet uniquely provides us all with a voice into culture regardless of location and status.
We have a message of truth that the world needs to hear: religious freedom is critical for a free society. Life is worth protecting—from conception to natural death. And marriage is the foundation for our society and needs to be promoted and protected. (Marriage is the future!)
But we can’t change our culture on our own. We need YOU!
You can make a difference by spreading the message to your friends and followers. Please take a quick moment to follow us on Twitter, and then commit to retweet and share content so that the truth can be heard.
This conversation is two-sided. We want to hear from you as well! Hit us up on Twitter from time to time to let us know when something is happening in your neck of the woods. Share a good article with us! Working with you means our unified reach is much greater.
@AllianceDefends – Our main ADF account. Here, we share all of our blog content as well as the top content on life, marriage and family, and religious freedom from our allies.
@ADFmedia – Vice President of Media Communications, Greg Scott, shares news about our issues and our cases.
@AllianceAlert – News on our cases and topics that relate to our issues.
@JoshuaADF – Vice President of Digital Communications, and the one writing this post.
@Emily_ADF – Social Content Editor, blog editor and #needsmorecoffee.
@EricSPorteous – Director of Digital Marketing, Catholic, DreamAddict, Writer, Speaker, Sports Fanatic.
@Kerri_Kupec – Legal Communications Director, and self described LI girl in a crazy political world.
@Joe_LaRue – Legal Counsel, Ordained minister. Attorney specializing in Constitutional law. Theological, political & social conservative.
@CaseyMattoxADF – Senior Legal Counsel. Fighting abortion. Wahoowa. Roll Tide. Elvis Presley’s 6th cousin 2x removed.
At ADF, we are first and foremost an alliance. We strive to build up our allied organizations and support the excellent work for religious freedom, life, and marriage that they do. To that end, here are a few of our allies on Twitter that we think you’ll also want to follow and retweet:
@LifeNewsHQ - LifeNews.com, ”the #1 pro-life web site battling abortion, euthanasia, & celebrating life.”
@Students4LifeHQ - Equipping and Activating the Next Generation of Pro-Life Leaders! Abolishing Abortion, One Campus at a Time.
@TheBecketFund - a non-profit, non-partisan law firm that protects the free expression of all religious traditions.
@BDFund – Bioethics Defense Fund, a strategic public-interest organization whose mission is to put law in the service human life.
@FocusFamily - Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry helping families thrive.
@ManhattanDec - Christians for life, marriage and religious liberty.
@ERLC - The official Twitter of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
These are just a few of our favorites, but we will be sending out more names and groups periodically so you know where to get the information and calls-to-action you need to make a difference.
Engaging on Twitter is a simple thing, really. But together, we can have tremendous impact.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Author: Alliance Defending Freedom