Wordle is a free online game that has exploded in popularity in recent weeks. The goal of the game is to correctly guess the “wordle” of the day from the available letters provided. The game affords six attempts, and each attempt will show you how close you were to guessing the correct word.
Once they have guessed the word of the day, gamers are then encouraged to share their score with others. And they have responded en masse, with many tweeting out the results of their guesses, which appear as colored boxes.
Wordle has become a talking point on Twitter for users of all stripes, including the Twitter-based Christian community that is sometimes referred to as “Weird Christian Twitter.”
Even the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention J.D. Greear has hopped on the trend.
Wordle 214 4/6
— J.D. Greear (@jdgreear) January 19, 2022
Along with Land Center Director Dan Darling, Christian author and podcaster Skye Jethani, and the Twitter-infamous “Church Curmudgeon.”
Okay this is addicting Wordle 214 5/6
— Daniel Darling (@dandarling) January 19, 2022
Wordle 213 5/6
— Skye Jethani (@SkyeJethani) January 18, 2022
Wordle 214 2/6
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) January 19, 2022
Wordle has also spurned theological reflection for some.
Man does not life by bread alone, but by every wordle that proceeds from the mouth of God
— Tyler (@tmmoser) January 19, 2022
Let Wordle mend together what Twitter hath torn asunder.
— Dr. Michael J. Svigel (@Svigel) January 19, 2022
Give us this day our daily Wordle
— Brad Y Sphygmia (@KevinDr_ver) January 14, 2022
Christian author and speaker Beth Moore admits that while she loves the game, it has begun to interfere with her daily productivity.
I have work to do, people! I have a dang job and a Bible study tomorrow night to get prepared for. I cannot just hang out here all day looking at your Wordle scores. Thing is, I want to. BUT I’M NOT GOING TO. Tweeting this for my own accountability. Later tonight, good people!
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) January 19, 2022
Others are less enthusiastic, like Christian author Heather Thompson Day.
I am not playing wordle but if this is anything like how I feel every time Taylor Swift releases a track from the vault
I am so happy for you all!!!
— Heather Thompson Day (@HeatherTDay) January 19, 2022
And Editor-in-Chief of Outreach Magazine Ed Stetzer.
— Ed Stetzer (@edstetzer) January 19, 2022
Along with “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” podcast host Mike Cosper.
Wordle? More like Won’tle.
— Mike Cosper (@MikeCosper) January 19, 2022
Others, like Dallas Theological Seminary professor John Dyer, may have stumbled onto their church’s next big sermon series.
New sermon series:
— ಠ_ಠ (@johndyer) January 19, 2022
At a time when the nation (and the Church) have experienced widespread division and turmoil, Wordle has been a welcomed, small distraction that has brought many together with jokes and friendly competition.
Try your hand at Wordle here.