(CNN)Ed Stetzer has been blocked by his own Twitter account.
Actually, it's not Stetzer's account, though it bears his bio, picture and name -- and tweets out links to his stories.
It's one of several fake social media accounts run in Stetzer's name, but without his permission. (Note to Twitter readers: this is Stetzer's real account.)
Stetzer would like to shut down the fake accounts, of course, but the author and expert in evangelism has bigger issues with the internet.
In addition to his columns at Christianity Today, Stetzer is dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College and executive director of the Billy Graham Center. A big man with a big personality, Stetzer looks a bit like a Metallica roadie who found Jesus. He sees himself as a bridge between secular America and its evangelical subculture. In his latest book, "Christians in the Age of Outrage," Stetzer finds plenty to criticize on both sides.
The cover image shows a sheep with a wolf's fangs, a clear reference, Stetzer says, to Christians who act like sheep offline but turn into wolves when sitting at a keyboard. It's also a nod to the fact that our online identities -- like Stetzer's fake Twitter accounts -- aren't always what they seem.
So how can Christians, or anyone for that matter, learn to respond to the outrages, faux and otherwise, that seem to ooze from our screens every day?
Stetzer said he started thinking about that question a year ago, when it seemed like our online lives couldn't get any more confusing and caustic. And then, of course, they have.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.
Q: I was going to start by comparing tweets attacking you to the smite-y, imprecatory psalms in the Bible. The point being that people have always been terrible. What makes now worse, in your mind?
A: (Laughs) I may be able to find some tweets that are as bad as the imprecatory psalms.
(Editor's note: He did. They were.)
But seriously, part of the problem we see now is in growing polarization. Democrats are more liberal and Republicans are more conservative than they have been, according to surveys.
The vitriol coming from both sides empowers the extremes, and we've seen how dangerous that can be, for example, with the "Pizzagate" conspiracy. Christians need to see that spreading conspiracy theories and "fake news" is a sin, and that sin can have a deadly impact.
Q: Your book is on some of the same bestseller lists with "The Trump Prophecies." What does that say about American evangelicalism, that such different books could find such a wide audience?
A: It says this is a very strange time we are living in, and it shows how much evangelicals need some theological and missiological clarity.
The fact that the "Trump Prophecies" is even a thing is a mystery to me and most other evangelical leaders. To see President Trump, or any president for that matter, as some sort of prophetic figure is bizarre at best. It runs counter to the gospel and 2,000 years of Christian tradition.
Jesus is not coming back on Air Force One, and he is not coming back riding a donkey or an elephant. For Christians to be "all in" on any politician or candidate is literally dangerous to their faith.
Q: Evangelicals are more likely than other Americans (49% to 38%) to connect with people like themselves on social media, according to your book. How concerned are you about echo chambers?
A: It's a twofold problem. The echo chamber first affirms your ideas, then it am