The War on Blogs

I read a few blogs on a regular basis, and, in general, the ones I like are excellent. Insightful, interesting, engaging content. Tim Challies, Justin Taylor, Abraham Piper, Mike Anderson & The Resurgence, the whole team at Evangelical Village… All these guys and so many more do a wonderful job seeking to glorify Jesus through blogging, and for that, they should be commended.

However, I’ve recently seen a very ugly thing happening in commenting habits, that in no way reflects or glorifies Jesus; that being the pushing of agendas that have nothing at all to do with anything that’s being discussed.

Recently, I’ve seen several discussions on a variety of topics derailed into a pro-egalitarianism rant (or more accurately “anti-authority of any kind” rant) on points that had nothing to do with the issue. I’ve seen Christians come out of the woodwork declaring the author a heretic on a doctrinal issue that is a tertiary issue.

My point in addressing this is that it shows a disturbing lack of character in how Christians are engaging the “blogosphere” (I hate the web-speak, so please excuse the quotes).

Our mission in all things is to glorify Jesus.

That includes how we blog.

Absolutely everything we do is under the authority and in submission to Jesus—Our gracious and merciful Savior who died in our place, for our sins. And when we act in a profoundly ungodly fashion in any area of our lives, including our blogging, we blaspheme Jesus!

As Christians, we must engage all of life in a way that reflects the grace given to us.

That means when we blog, we need to be, first and foremost, advancing what we are for, rather than what we are against. We must not engage in futile quarrels and bickering. We must not push our pet agendas because we’ve let bitterness take root in our hearts, but only speak in a way that promotes healthy discussion and debate.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:29, that we are to “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear,” and in Titus 3:2, “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

I’m not saying there’s never a time to stand up and say, “This isn’t right.” If I was, I wouldn’t be writing this right now. What I am saying is that we would all be wise to let these words sink in before we click the “post” button. Step away. Check our hearts. Check our motives. Ask the Holy Spirit to guard and guide our words. Meditate on these words:

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

[P]ut off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:1-7, 22-32, emphasis mine).

Let your blogging be to the glory of God today.

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  • http://cleverphrasehere.blogspot.com Amber

    Thank you for the reminder. I have wavered back and forth on the purpose of my own blogging. I started for myself–to practice writing, then for my long-distance family/friends–so they could know what’s going on. But now I find people who don’t actually know me reading my blog, and it makes me wonder what’s appropriate and what’s not–there are some things I can express to close friends and they know me enough to understand where I’m going with it. But the larger public makes things a lot more complicated.

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron

      It absolutely complicates things immensely. I know that, for me, with a lot of personal things, particularly those involving Emily, I always run it by her to see if she’s comfortable with me talking about something publicly.

      It’s definitely a challenge though because you’re opening yourself up to scrutiny from people who have no idea who you are.

      I guess the question is, is it worth it?

  • http://www.theinspiredhillbilly.com Todd

    Brother…Thanks for addressing this. The lack of civility among the blogosphere has been one thing that has at times made me wonder should I not even visit other blogs, but many of those are blogs from people who don’t even claim to know Christ. Imagine my surprise when I went to blogs that were supposed to be lifting up the name of Christ, and there was just as much animosity and anger.

    I know on my blog, I’ve had everything from people only commenting to call me a heretic just because I beleive differently from them to people commenting to push books they’ve written and products they are selling. And they weren’t spam eithere, lol. In one blog, I poured my heart out about an issues in my life, that is still going on, and asked for prayers, and one guy comments and tries to sell me and my readers his book.

    We will give an account for every idle word that proceeds out of our mouths. I would assume this means those we type as well. We should always operate in compassion and holiness, and those can only come through genuinely when we are hid behind Calvary’s cross and allow otheres to see only Christ in us.

    I appreciate your blog today brother. You and I do differ on some doctrinal issues, but we have one wonderful thing in common, our Lord. And that is a much better thing to accentuate on than any differences we may have.

    God Bless you, and please continue to remember me in your prayers.